Many small businesses in central New York are trying to find ways to stay in business amid the coronavirus pandemic.
We asked businesses and our readers to share with us the unique ways that businesses are adapting during the pandemic. (Do you have one to share? Use the form below.)
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Here are a few more:
No skiing, ziplining: offering meals, opening a small grocery store
Most of the Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Virgil had to close, including the visitor center, adventure park, all ski slopes, water park and spa. One of their restaurants, Trax Pub and Grill, offers meals for pickup and delivery. In addition, Hope Lake Lodge, the Greek Peak hotel, has opened a small makeshift grocery store in the lobby where they sell ready meals, snacks, drinks, fruits, vegetables, meats, and hygiene, among others.
Real estate: selling vacant land almost easier
Canaan Realty chief marketing officer Brett Ransford says the business is almost as usual, but the fact that the majority of their business is selling vacant land really helps. Ransford said: “We have listed a handful of properties last week, and we are in a unique position by mainly selling vacant lots, which we do not need to show appointments or physical closings …”. use Zoom for meetings and have images of drones, so customers can see properties without leaving their homes. Real estate companies selling homes, however, have a little more trouble.
There’s such a thing as free lunch and free ice cream
Gina Husted reports that Skippy’s ice cream has partnered with the Liverpool Central School District’s school bag lunch program. They distribute free ice cream to around 1,000 children receiving free lunches at different locations in Liverpool.
As we have more examples of companies finding ways to try to cope, we will share them with you. Thank you.
If you have an interesting way that your business is adapting to meet the needs of customers and the community, or if you see one, please let us know:
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