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How Spa Adagio is Coping with Coronavirus Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Spa Adagio‘s owner, Regina Schneider, on how she and the spa are coping. Offering a wide variety of holistic personalized spa treatments, Spa Adagio is located at 317 S. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Spa Adagio has been closed temporarily since 3/16/20 to keep everybody safe. We are offering news on the website and our Facebook page and will soon start online classes via Skype for massages.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
I am offering gift cards to obtain via email or calls, as well as offering to help those neighbors in need. My independent contractors are getting financial help from me so they can live a bit less in fear of how to provide for themselves and their family.

Support Baltimore’s Iconic Boutique – Ruth Shaw – during Coronavirus Quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update from Ruth Shaw, an iconic luxury boutique in the Shops at Kenilworth. Ruth Shaw is located at 800 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, Maryland 21204.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We are basically shut down and surviving off our sales from the FARFETCH e-commerce platform and the kindness of our customers calling in to buy gift certificates.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
Unfortunately No, due to the lockdown. As we have offered via our Facebook page – “Our store may be closed but our hearts are open” – we are still here to chat, reminisce, answer questions or provide a fashion fix

Local bookstore Carpe Librum switches to online bookselling during coronavirus quarantine

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Small businesses and non-profits are especially hard hit during the coronavirus outbreak. We get it! Baltimore Fishbowl is a small business, too. To help small businesses and non-profits, we will provide regular updates to let you know how they are coping. 

The following is an update with Melissa Eisenmeier, owner of Carpe Librum Bookstore & Art Gallery, 7221 Harford Road, Baltimore, 21234.

‘It’s like opening a restaurant all over again.’ Baltimore eateries push on despite reduced business amid coronavirus pandemic

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A pasta dish from Amicci’s restaurant in Little Italy. Photo courtesy of Amicci’s Instagram.

After Gov. Larry Hogan ordered all bars and restaurants in Maryland to close March 16 to limit the spread of the coronavirus, allowing only carryout and delivery services to continue, Baltimore eateries have had to figure out how to do business during the pandemic.

Terrence Dickson, owner of the Terra Cafe in Charles Village, saw an opportunity to spread joy and promote his restaurant at the same time.

True Chesapeake Co. Opens ‘Bottle Shop’ during pandemic

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True Chesapeake Oyster Co is closed to dining guests. However, the intrepid team is still determined to serve Baltimore! Starting this Friday-Sunday (March 27-29), guests can order and pick up a selection of wine, liquor, beer, swag + gift cards — all curbside.

All items have an even price, which includes alcohol sales tax and also a small contribution to our True Chesapeake Staff Fund. 100% of this contribution goes to our staff, as we strive to support them and help them to make a living wage during the COVID-19 Crisis.

On the price list, you will find the name of the item, some details, the all-inclusive price, and a note about what your contribution is within that price.

To order:

Email Chelsea, general manager and beverage director, at [email protected] with your order by 11:59 pm to pick up your order the next day between 2 pm and 6 pm.

At this time, if you would like to add an additional tip to your order (100% of which will go back to our hourly staff), please let Chelsea know, so she can include it on your invoice.

Chelsea will send you an invoice to pay online. We will not be accepting cash or payment at pickup at this time.

Chelsea will pick and pack your order, with gloves on, and package it once your order has been paid.

When you arrive:

Driving instructions: pull around to the smokestack side of 3300 Clipper Mill Road.

Text Chelsea (she will give you the number when you place your order) and pop your trunk.

Show us your ID! In the spirit of ensuring that we are only selling alcohol to folks of legal drinking age, put your ID against your window so Chelsea can review and give you a wave hello!

Chelsea carefully places your order in your trunk, and you are good to go!

Let’s get started!

La Cuchara sets up online market to sell eggs, produce and other staples during pandemic

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The bar at La Cuchara

Starting this week, La Cuchara will use its sleek space in Meadow Mill to fulfill orders for an online market, allowing customers to buy items such as eggs, produce, milk and other staples online and pick them up to-go.

And they’ll carry a number of gourmet items sourced from local farms, including New York strip steak, aged goat cheese and raw unpeeled shrimp.

Hampden merchants offer same-day home delivery during pandemic

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DoubleDutch Boutique is one of the Hampden merchants offering same-day delivery of their products amid the coronavirus pandemic. Screengrab from DoubleDutch Boutique’s website.

As Gov. Larry Hogan increases the types of Maryland businesses ordered to close amid concerns over COVID-19, many bars, restaurants and other establishments have offered carryout and delivery options to their customers. But eateries are not the only ones trying to navigate doing business during the pandemic.

A group of Hampden merchants, including a yarn store, florist’s shop and others, will begin same-day home delivery of their items March 23.

Hot Plate: How to support Baltimore’s restaurant industry during coronavirus

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The Capital Grille is one of many local restaurants offering carryout options right now; the downtown restaurant is also selling uncooked steaks to take home.

For the second week in a row, this is not the usual, lighthearted installment of Hot Plate, sharing information about wine dinners and seafood festivals, as events are canceled and restaurants are no longer open in their traditional capacity, in an effort to flatten the curve and stem the transmission of coronavirus.

This is a challenging time around the world and in every industry. The restaurant business, with low margins and reliance on tipping and on customers gathering in one place to generate income, has been hit especially hard (though it is by no means the only industry suffering).

To understand some of what restaurants are dealing with right now, read this Facebook post from Clavel owner Lane Harlan.

So as lovers of Baltimore and lovers of restaurants, what can we do to help? There are a few things.

Baltimore Public Markets close until further notice under Hogan’s orders

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Photo by jpellgen (@1179_jp), via Flickr

Baltimore’s public markets, including the famed Lexington Market, have closed until further notice in compliance with a series of executive orders that Gov. Larry Hogan announced Thursday in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Hogan ordered all enclosed shopping centers and entertainment venues to close, effective 5 p.m. Thursday. He also prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people and urged Marylanders who are not “essential workers” to avoid using public transit during the current state of emergency.

Grand Central nightclub, in danger of displacement, finds a new home

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

After nearly three decades on N. Charles Street, Grand Central, one of Baltimore’s largest gay nightclubs, will move to a different spot within the Mount Vernon neighborhood so developers can construct an eight-story office building on the property it currently occupies.

Grand Central’s last day in its current location will be Sunday, April 5, and construction of the replacement building is expected to start later in the month, according to information posted on the bar’s Facebook page.

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