This is part of a year-long ‘Love for Local’ series called NB365: portraits of New Brunswick entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations. Huddle is a media partner with Love for Local. Today, we hear from  Shawna and Brian Foster of MoCo Downtown

We wanted to go into business to prove a point to ourselves. That we could do it. That we opened a place people would like to go to, a place where they would feel comfortable and taken care of, at least for a little while. That we could provide a workspace that was fair and inclusive and welcoming. And we wanted to provide a legacy for our children. Not necessarily that they would follow in our footsteps in the restaurant business but that if they worked hard and never gave up, they could do whatever they wanted.

Supporting local has been a cornerstone in what we try to do at MoCo since its inception. We’ve learned that local comes in all shapes and sizes, all walks of life and all different experiences. We’re all intertwined, if our neighbours do well, then we have a chance to do well and it tends to ripple out from there. Especially during these times, it becomes important to look out for each other, to support each and to cheer each other on.

We hope to continue on with MoCo, striving to get better at what we do each day. We are never happy for long with what we’ve done and the drive to refine and improve is what really excites us to keep going. In the future, we hope to remain open and eager for any new possibilities and adventures

Supporting local has a real impact because when you do, you will see the results of your community growing and prospering and so you too will have the opportunity to grow and prosper. If we don’t take care of each other, who will?

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