East End stores adapt to new world

  • Kristin White (File photograph)

Stores and restaurants in the Olde Towne have adopted new ways of doing business to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Several businesses in the St George’s have moved to online shopping and restaurants have shifted to takeout services.

Kristin White, the owner of Long Story Short, a gift store and tour centre, said: “On Thursday, I closed my store, put a sign in the window saying that we are available online and walked away with tears in my eyes.

“In fact, I had tears in my eyes that whole day. I felt, I feel, scared and helpless.

“And while we have no way of knowing what the next few weeks and even months will bring, I decided that I can continue to do what I love and that’s spread the word about St George’s and how you can support the town.”

Ms White said she had teamed up with another St George’s business, Brumae Cafe, to offer customers “bundles” with items from both stores.

She added: “The Comfort and Care bundle includes pasta, cheese, books, soap, candles and more.

“Many other businesses are available for online shopping as well and restaurants are doing takeout and kerbside delivery.”

Ms White said: “Our community of business owners, residents and volunteers are showing the ingenuity, compassion and camaraderie that defines our incredible town.”

She added: “Like everyone, I am concerned about how long this will last, but I am so grateful for the support the community has shown me and other small businesses.”

Robertson’s Pharmacy and Somers Supermart remain open, but have introduced social distancing policies in line with Government recommendations.

Restaurants, including Gojo’s Cafe, Tempest Bistro, Temptations, Wahoos and The Wharf, are all offering takeout, while Sweek Saak’s Bakery will join the list of restaurants available on the Sargasso food delivery app.

David Rose Jewellery, boutique La Garza, Merch and the Salt Spray Soap Company also have online shopping options.