Title

Derailed, But On Track: Five Small Businesses Make Changes to Stay Afloat During the Pandemic

Source

Mainebiz

Date

5-18-2020

Pages

28-31

Abstract

A look at how five small businesses have pivoted in order to survive the pandemic. Jibe Cycling had just opened a second studio in Yarmouth when the state's first case of the novel coronavirus was announced. Owner Joanna Pease shut the studio down and launched Jibe at Home. Day's Store in Belgrade Lakes was slated to re-open in the spring after renovations. When the stay-at-home orders were issued, owner Diane Oliver opened for curbside pick-up. Chad Conley and Josh Sobel were set to open Ramona's, a sandwich shop in Portland, on March 25. They decided not to open, and then later rolled out a limited pickup plan. Elena and Ben Metzger of Bangor Print found themselves with lots of new customers who needed signage about safety measures and floor stickers. Jonathan West,owner of Jonathan's restaurant in Ogunquit, one of the state's largest, has removed 60% of the tables and chairs and implemented other safety measures and is anxious to re-open.

Subjects

Small business -- Maine, COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 -- Economic aspects

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