Local Businesses Improvise During Uncertain Times

Over the past month the Raleigh-Durham has changed a lot. Employee’s are now working from home full-time. Children are attending online classes led by their teaches. The normal way of life has altered. Now, residents in the Raleigh-Durham area looking for their ‘new’ normal.

As social distancing has been in full effect a lot of local businesses have had to close their doors, directly impacting their day to day business. But, with these uncertain times and ever changing deadlines many of these local businesses have improvised their business models to accommodate.

A few local gyms have adopted social media to increase engagement and to bring at-home workouts to their customers. For example, F45 at Five Points Raleigh has been consistently posting online workouts on their Instagram Live, Zoom Workout Classes as well as creating a personalized Facebook Group for members to access. The Facebook Group allows for members of the studio to have one-on-one contact with coaches about nutrition, workouts and any other questions that may arise. Other studios are adopting similar practices such as Madabolic in downtown Raleigh which is offering online workouts for members as well.

With groceries in high-demand at supermarkets, many residents have been concerned about food. However, the order to not gather in large groups has impacted many local restaurants and bars. Due to this many of the local restaurants are offering curbside pick-up and takeout orders. For instance, local businesses such as Lilly’s Pizza.

Local downtown market, Raleigh Provisions, has closed its doors but if you are interested in purchasing some of their local products and supporting their business you can place orders online and the crew will assemble your items. Raleigh Provisions has set aside Wednesday and Saturday as designated pick-up days from 12pm-5pm.

However, for many of the local businesses there is little they can do to generate business. If you have a favorite local business that you miss and want to make sure stays strong during these uncertain times you can go their website and purchase gift cards. This is a great way to help their business right now and due to circumstances these gift cards may never expire.

For other businesses that are not in the service industry many of their day to day activities have been altered. For example, Closet Factory has moved all their business online by conducting ‘Virtual Appointments’ with prospective clients. Clients set up a call with a Designer to discuss their renovation/organization needs and can plan the next steps via web meeting.

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