NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) -In her 25 years as proprietor at Midtown Bakery & Café, Marybeth Kurtz says she’s all the time had carryout choices
“So for us it wasn’t a tough transition from one to the opposite,” Kurtz declared.
Kurtz says she’s been pleasantly shocked by the assist she’s had all through the pandemic.
“Individuals are supporting their downtowns and their small communities due to the coronavirus. They know they’re necessary. There’s been a decide uptick in folks which can be saying we’re right here since you’re small. We’re right here as a result of we wish you in our communities,” Kurtz exclaimed.
Regardless of the overwhelming assist from the neighborhood, Kurtz says she misses seeing her regulars.
“We have now not seen quite a lot of our common clients as a result of they like to come back in and sit and chat and spend the afternoon collectively,” Kurtz admitted.
Due to COVID-19, the Midtown eating space has been lowered from 13 tables to solely 5. Nonetheless, the void in sit-down enterprise created new alternatives.
“We have now expanded our supply service. We’re doing a bit extra catering to totally different workplaces and issues like that,” Kurtz asserted.
The store did shut down for a bit again within the spring and once more in October however has since re-opened. And also you is perhaps shocked what Kurtz can accomplish with just a bit little bit of down time.
“Properly I re-did the flooring. Received tasks taken care of that I wouldn’t usually have gotten achieved. We’re open six days per week, so to do one thing just like the flooring and to re-paint I noticed as a bonus however now it’s getting a bit tiresome,” Kurtz admitted.
Whereas eating places are infamous for holding issues clear, Kurtz has change into extra aware of cleansing generally touched surfaces.
“Not simply door knobs and handles and the toilet however the phone. Each menu that we use must be wiped down when it’s achieved,” Kurtz acknowledged.
Regardless of the challenges, folks like Kurtz are likely to maintain a constructive outlook. She’s hoping issues get again to regular for her enterprise and for all small companies within the space very quickly.
“I don’t assume it’s going to be an entire lot totally different for us– apart from we’ll have clients again in. However we’re grateful. We’re very joyful now we have the assist now we have from the neighborhood,” Kurtz continued.
Midtown Bakery & Café is open from 9-6 Monday via Friday and Saturdays 11 to five. They’re closed on Sundays.
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