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.
Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
We introduced a Cards as Hugs initiative for school students to create handmade cards for senior citizens quarantined at local senior residences. It is such a nice reminder that someone is thinking about them! We also created a slideshow of cards that has been shared with the residents of Stella Maris and Charlestown Retirement Community. In addition, we have partnered with one of our clients and Stone Mill Bakery to provide meals to healthcare workers throughout area. So far we have delivered or have meals planned for JHH ER, UMMS, Franklin Square Hospital, Sinai and Union Memorial Lab.
What is the status of your employees?
Fortunately we were able to retain about 2/3 of our workforce. Hours have been cut significantly, but our team is dedicated, healthy, and they all feel a sense of purpose for the service we are providing out clients, community, health-care workers and first responders.
How can readers help you get through the crisis?
Spring Clean! Anything that needs repaired, altered, laundered or dry cleaned before being stored for the season, please call us to pick-up. We also clean area rugs, window treatments, indoor and outdoor cushions, etc. We offer a whole host of services to make sure you and your home are ready to embrace the day when we are able to socialize in person again! And our contactless complimentary pick-up and delivery makes it easy.
How are you coping, personally?
The strength of our community and the support of our customers has really kept our spirits up. It is a challenging time personally – our oldest daughter is a senior in high school and there is a lot of uncertainty about what will happen in the Fall and whether or not college campuses will reopen. We are reevaluating all of her offers because cost is going to play a huge part in where she can attend. We don’t know what the economy is going to look like for the next 6-24 months and we don’t want her taking out large student loans. Hopefully their class will enter the job market when things have rebounded, but there are so many unknowns. Most of the senior class will miss out on many of the traditions centered around graduation, but they are a resilient group of people and she and her friends have remained really upbeat. I have also decided that teachers are superheroes! After trying on the homeschool hat with my middle-schooler, I am in complete awe of what teachers do each day and I can’t thank them enough.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
We are fortunate to live in a community that has so many people who care. Continue caring! If you can afford to do anything at this time, please remember the non-profits and local small businesses. Call your neighbors and the elderly just to say hi. Together we are stronger – we will get through this.❤️
If you represent a local small business or non-profit and would like to share your update with our readers, contact Nicole Allen at [email protected]. During the crisis, we will offer these sponsored posts for free as a service to the community.