NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) -In her 25 years as proprietor at Midtown Bakery & Café, Marybeth Kurtz says she’s at all times 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 vital. There’s been a choose uptick in individuals which might be saying we’re right here since you’re small. We’re right here as a result of we would like you in our communities,” Kurtz exclaimed.
Regardless of the overwhelming assist from the neighborhood, Kurtz says she misses seeing her regulars.
“Now we have not seen lots of our common clients as a result of they like to return in and sit and chat and spend the afternoon collectively,” Kurtz admitted.
Due to COVID-19, the Midtown eating space has been diminished from 13 tables to solely 5. Nevertheless, the void in sit-down enterprise created new alternatives.
“Now we have 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 may be shocked what Kurtz can accomplish with just a bit little bit of down time.
“Nicely I re-did the flooring. Bought initiatives 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 of tiresome,” Kurtz admitted.
Whereas eating places are infamous for protecting issues clear, Kurtz has change into extra aware of cleansing generally touched surfaces.
“Not simply door knobs and handles and the lavatory however the phone. Each menu that we use must be wiped down when it’s achieved,” Kurtz said.
Regardless of the challenges, individuals like Kurtz are likely to hold 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 a complete lot totally different for us– aside 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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