COLORADO SPRINGS — In part one of ‘Overcoming COVID-19’, FOX21 Digital NOW focused on local impacts, such as restaurants closing their doors, workers losing their jobs, and the fear of the unknown.
For part two of this series, FOX21 Digital Now team zeroed in on what’s working for these businesses, and all the ways you can help.
Laurel Prud’ Homme, Vice President of Communications for Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, says she’s been impressed by a few local restaurants and retailers, which worked fast to pivot and offer news services, such as carry-out, delivery, and online services.
They weren’t easy changes for some of those local retailers, but it’s what they had to do to keep their doors open during the current statewide stay-at-home order.
And the Downtown Partnership wants small business owners to know they aren’t alone.
“We are also working with our local businesses and connecting them to resources that are available, whether it’s connecting them to additional funding, small business loans, or simply just helping them connect with their customer base,” Prud’Homme said.
And there are some great local examples of folks who are making the most of the current situation.
Over at MacKenzie’s Chop House, customers can pick up the perfect T-bone steak and cook it at home; Ashley’s Attic is making sales in a unique way, over FaceTime. Terra Verde is also doing hybrid-online shopping, where if you see something you like on social media, you call them up, and they will ship it to you or bring it to the curb. Give Mountain Chalet a call, and they’ll set up a personal shopping tour just for you!
Russ Ware is one of the owners of Good Neighbors. He says, in addition to running a kitchen and bar, they’ve started up a new neighborhood market.
“This kind of a situation is when we’re all really, I think called to kind of stir up what’s within us, our own gifts, our own abilities,” Ware said.
Whether it’s ordering curbside color from Bella Salon, watching a virtual concert from the Black Sheep, or watching a Kimball’s Theatre movie from your living room, keeping your dollars in our community, benefits us all.
Continue to follow ‘Overcoming COVID-19’ with FOX21 Digital Now for more on this pandemic’s effect on Colorado Springs.