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Coping with Coronavirus – Green Spring Station Launches Green Spring Gives

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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 Green Spring Station on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Boutiques are offering virtual shopping options – facetime, Instagram DM, websites and text messages.

SpotWash Extending Reach during 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 Freddie Ephraim, Director of Business Development, and Mike Laroque, Director of Operations of SpotWash, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
SpotWash has extended its reach outside of the normal parking garage-only service and now we are equipped to service vehicles in your driveway overnight while you sleep without increasing the price.

Supporting One Another – How Second Chance Inc. is Coping during Coronavirus

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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 Second Chance Inc. on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Our retail store in downtown Baltimore (located at 1700 Ridgely St.) is still open, but we have reduced our hours of operation to 9am to 5pm on Thursday through Sunday. We are considered an essential business since we sell building supplies like lumber and appliances. Fortunately, since we have 250,000 square feet of space, it has been relatively easy to maintain social distancing, and we’re being diligent with sanitary and other precautions.

We have seen a decrease in our deconstruction work, with less calls coming in and fewer active jobs. We are still picking up donations, as long as our workers can maintain social distance, which means we will pick up curbside or in a garage, but we aren’t entering donors’ homes at this time. Donations can also be dropped off at our retail location during operating hours.

Our volunteers, who support us here every week and have a significant positive impact on our operations, have been asked to re-schedule until the Governor’s stay-at-home order is lifted.

Pinehurst Wine Shoppe Joins Forces with Charles Village Pub to Cope with Coronavirus

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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 Pinehurst Wine Shoppe on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Pinehurst has gone to curbside pickup only Monday-Saturday 12-6pm for the foreseeable future. We have provided masks, sanitizer and all appropriate measures recommended by both our Governor and the CDC to keep our staff and our customers safe.

Ace Hardware is Open and Here for Customers during Coronavirus

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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 Courtney Belew, Senior Manager of Marketing & Community Engagement at Ace Hardware (A Few Cool Hardware Stores) on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

A Few Cool Hardware Stores are a unique cooperative of Ace Hardware stores in the Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA and Baltimore, MD metro areas. Our goal is providing you with friendly service at your neighborhood hardware store. As a member of the Ace co-op, we strive to be the most neighborhood-oriented home improvement stores around.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Our three Baltimore Ace locations are open and here for our customers. The safety of our staff and customers is of the upmost importance to our stores. Customer limits have been placed at each location to ensure proper physical distancing is practiced and ensure our customers feel safe inside our stores. In compliance with the MD state ordinance, we require that all customers and staff wear protective face coverings at all times while shopping. Our store is continuously cleaned and surfaces are regularly sanitized to reduce the risk of contamination. Our stores continue to receive daily shipments of essential supplies. We are experiencing high call volumes; if you have a product or order inquiry, you can reach us via Facebook messenger or send an email to [email protected]. Customers can shop contact-free by placing their orders online at www.acehardware.com; in store and curbside pickup are available same or next day pending product availability. We have slightly altered business hours during the COVID crisis (Waverly: 10-6 daily; Canton & Fed: 8a-7p Mon-Sat, 10-6 Sunday) and encourage our customers to check updates on our website at www.acehardwaredc.com

How Waxing Kara is Coping during Coronavirus

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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 Kara Brook Brown, Owner & Beekeeper of Waxing Kara on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Like everyone else, we’ve had to temporarily close our retail business. We’ve done quite a bit to grow and improve our online business.

  • We’ve shifted from being a brick and mortar store to an online establishment.
  • Our online wholesale business is still up and running also. Several of our online wholesale customers are still doing well, thankfully.
  • We’ve separated to make sure that everyone stays healthy independently. We wanted to mitigate risk by each working apart. One person goes into the shop daily to fill orders.

I have to say how proud I am of my team and how well (despite plenty of challenges at home) everyone is still doing their part in this business to make it work.

Charm City Hemp – Coping and Adapting to Coronavirus

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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 Buck DeVan and Melissa Cox, Founders of Charm City Hemp, LLC on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

Charm City Hemp is currently open 7 days a week in Belvedere Square. Our current operating hours are Monday – Saturday from 10am-6pm, and on Sunday from10am-5pm. The Hampden on the Avenue location is temporarily closed due to COVID-19.

Charm City Hemp is offering curbside pickup as well as free same day delivery in a 20-mile radius with a $50 minimum for delivery.

You can also shop online at www.charmcityhempstore.com

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We had to temporarily close our location in Hampden, while our Belvedere Square store is still operating, but with modified hours. We recently started offering curbside pick-up and free delivery in the Baltimore area. CBD is great for stress and anxiety, so we want to make sure our customers have easy, convenient access to our products.

Strength and Support of Community – How Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners is Coping with Coronavirus

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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 Glyndon Lord Baltimore Cleaners on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Reduced store hours, but increased frequency of pick-up and delivery for some health-care accounts. We are considered an essential business, so we have been able to remain open (which we are grateful for), but there has been a significant drop in sales due to many of the businesses we service being closed, and many of our customers working from home.

How the Ivy Bookshop and Bird in Hand are Coping during Coronavirus

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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 Emma Snyder, owner of The Ivy Bookshop, on how both the bookshop and Bird in Hand are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
The Ivy Bookshop’s physical location is closed. But luckily, we were able to shift to an entirely remote distribution process, so we can still get books in readers’ hands! We ship books directly to your doorstep now. Just call us at (410) 377-2966, and a bookseller will call you back promptly between 10 – 5 every day to offer recommendations or guidance. Or you can go directly to our website at www.theivybookshop.com, to browse and order from our online store.

Bird in Hand is still open each day from 8 – 4 as the Bird General Store, which offers a contact-free way to get the essentials. We offer to-go prepared food & drink options, as well as Market Bags, which you can fill with fresh produce, locally-sourced meats & cheeses, various sundries (think: important paper goods!), beer, wine, coffee, and a variety of goods by local makers. And, of course, you can toss in books & board games from The Ivy, if you’d like. Visit us at www.birdgeneralstore.com or call us at 410-814-0373.

Stan Lee’s Top Titles during Quarantine

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Meowr, We live in interesting times. I’m Stan Lee, the bookstore cat at Carpe Librum. Usually, I would be demanding you pay homage to me in the bookstore, but We must keep you humans healthy.

Felis catus domesticated Homo sapiens not once, but twice. It was a LOT of work, and We don’t want to have to do it again. We’d like to keep you around. So, we are going to need you to stay inside so you don’t get hit by cars, or get worms.

You are going to need to be spayed and keep your mind occupied and there’s no better way to keep your mind active and relaxed through these interesting times than with a good book. I’m going to highly suggest some of the best titles I have absorbed through the power of osmosis.

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