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Route One Apparel Supports “One Community” 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 Ali von Paris, the Founder of Route One Apparel, on how they are adapting and coping during these times.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
Like everyone else in our state, we had to react quickly to this situation, and we have done a complete 180 in a few short weeks. We have allowed the majority of our non-fulfillment staff to work remotely, and our fulfillment representatives are wearing masks and gloves and practicing social distancing to stay safe while filling orders.

In addition, we have worked very hard and fast to design and sell new products, including essential items like face masks, neck gaiters, surgical caps and bandanas, as well as new t-shirt designs to try to help keep spirits up in this stressful time.

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.

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.

Stone Mill Bakery Moves to Curb-Side PickUp and Carry Out 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 Ron Staines, the General Manager at Stone Mill Bakery on how they are adapting and coping during these times. Stone Mill has been serving the greater Baltimore metro region for more than 20 years and the bakery and café locations are well-known for quality, consistency, and customer service. Currently, Stone Mill has updated their hours to Monday – Saturday, 9am-6pm. Both Curb-Side Pickup and Carryout, as well as online ordering, are available. (no delivery just yet)

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We have established a Curb-Side pickup option that has allowed us to keep most of our full-time employees still employed. We are going to start “Family Dinners” next week available in 2-4 person portions.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
We have been making a lot of bagged lunches for local hospitals and our local community members have been donating to help fund this. It is amazing how quickly our community has come together to support our essential employees!

Supporting Star Bright Farm 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 Helen Norman at Star Bright Farm, on how the business is adapting and coping. In the traditional sense, the farm is not open as a bricks and mortar business BUT it is very much open online! Helen and team also welcome and encourage visitors to take a walk around the farm and enjoy the fresh air. Star Bright Farm is located at 2950 Garrett Road in White Hall, MD 21161.

How have you altered your business to adapt to the quarantine?
We are offering more online sales with “on-farm pick up” and shipping.

Are you doing something for the community or your employees that you want to share with our readers?
We are allowing people to come take walks on the farm. We have 130 acres that people can take advantage of to enjoy the country air, while also practicing social distancing.

Stan Lee is All About the Experience

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Seize the day, seize the book… just make sure you pay for it first. Stan Lee, the store cat at Carpe Librum needs the bucks for his kitty treats. He loves his treats, but more than that, Stan is all about the experience. Books and bookstores are a crucial part of the cat and human community.

Humans, those handy two-legged head scratchers, might be able to buy books online, but you can’t pay homage to felines or to Stan Lee by staying home in your PJs. Supporting Carpe Librum is supporting your local cat and human population.

Stan Lee has been with the store since it opened in January of 2020, but he’s an experienced bibliocat and has been selling online since 2016. Sometimes, you just need to expand your fan base and create your own reality by opening a storefront.

Stan’s thought on books, bookstores, and holding court with his adoring fans run deep. We talked with Mr. Stan Lee from his favorite pile of books at Carpe Librum.

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