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.

The Hampden Village Merchants Association, which comprises more than 130 member businesses, is helping coordinate the delivery effort.

Because many people are staying home to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the members of the HVMA wanted to make their businesses more easily accessible to customers who are social distancing.

“With the number of Baltimoreans working from home as well as those who are at-risk or self-isolating, the HVMA is working to provide both daily necessities and niceties for those cloistered at home,” the association said in a statement.

Participating merchants include Baltimore Spirits Company, DoubleDutch Boutique, Lovelyarns, Ma Petite Shoe, The Modest Florist and Paradiso furniture and art store.

Libby Francis Baxter, owner of The Modest Florist, organized the delivery service.

“We hope to be competitive with services like Amazon,” Baxter said. “We will be delivering customers’ orders within a 4 hour window and likely even faster!”

Customers can place orders online, by phone or by social media with their participating retailer of choice. Orders placed by noon will be delivered between 2-6 p.m. that day to residences within Baltimore City, the association said.

Marcus Dieterle

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