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Danielle Rose, who owns Carolina Cravings in Pittsboro, turned on her phone and, in front a Facebook Live audience, baked cookies for a wedding shower for three hours. She chatted with customers and friends as she whipped up batter, formed the cookies and finished each with blush and royal icing. She even chatted about a rock band she plays in. As 1,600 viewers came and went, leaving more than 200 comments, she kept the camera rolling until its battery ran out.
Even if we have to be alone, we are in this together.
Businesses and nonprofits across Chatham are adapting to the coronavirus closures. Below is information how public services, nonprofits, businesses and individuals are reacting to the Coronavirus closures. You can support local Chatham businesses with takeout meals, gift certificates and by shopping local for anything you find you need.
Bold Companies created a Small Business Blog to share updates and resources to help other small businesses navigate “trying to survive during these trying times.”
We also have an an active page listing restaurants that are still open for curbside and takeout.
Keeping It Local
Chatham Magazine editor-at-large and local businesswoman Heather Johnson has created a Facebook event called Keeping It Local, where businesses can list details of their changes.
Pittsboro Toys & Pittsboro Roadhouse Family Fun Take Out Offer – Pittsboro Toys is now open only by appointment at 919-545-1546, but when you pick up a family meal from Pittsboro Roadhouse, a selection of our games and activities will be available.
Chatham Charm will have modified hours Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4pm, and are now offering to ship items. You can email your order to [email protected] or call the shop at 919-542-6888 and give payment over the phone.
French Connections is offering online ordering, shipping daily, and can arrange for porch pickups, too.
Old Lystra Inn offers virtual tours of its historic home and 10 acres. “Outdoor weddings are the safest kind to have going forward and should be allowed before large, confined indoor weddings can begin again,” says Tony Pendola. “We will be able to book heavily and quickly while providing physical distancing as soon as the stay-at-home order is lifted. Dancing may not be able to occur for awhile though.”
New Horizons Downtown hosts a 1 p.m. Facebook Live shopping hour Monday through Friday. They invoice online and offer curbside delivery.
Reclamation Home Furnishings created a Facebook Group, Reclamation To Go. They showcase selected items for purchase and offer curbside pickup.
Mark Hewitt Pottery postponed its April 2020 Spring Kiln Opening due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, potting continues, and you can find new works on their new online store!
Pittsboro Pet Supply reopened to the public. Help keep their store safe by following the signs they have posted around the store. Curbside pickup and delivery is still available.
Weekly Quarantine Cuisine Series: Order a three-course dinner for two by Wednesday night (Warning! They’ve been selling out in hours!), and pick up your dinner on Saturday. Add wine to your dinner for pickup as well! Wine Director Paula DePano selected a red and a white that pair perfectly with each week’s menu.
AN INCREASED NEED FOR NONPROFITS AS COVID-19 IMPACTS JOBS, WAYS OF LIFE
In response to Coronavirus closures, the United Way of Chatham County has launched a COVID-19 Response Fund to help supply funding for nonprofit organizations providing local residents with necessary resources such as food, hygiene supplies, childcare and housing support. To support these efforts, donate here or mail in checks made out to United Way of Chatham County.
The Frankie Lemmon Foundation created a Triangle Restaurant Workers Relief Fund in an effort to support restaurant workers in our community who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients include wait staff, bartenders, hosts, managers, delivery drivers, cooks, catering staff, dishwashers, and other restaurant and bar workers. This fund then partnered with the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA), the trade association behind the state’s hospitality industry, and launched the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund to support restaurant and hotel workers immediately affected by COVID-19.
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Check the UNC Health Care Blood Donation Center to donate.
The Chatham Arts Council started the Chatham Artist and Arts-Worker Relief Effort: Created with initial seed money generously granted by Manbites Dog Theater Fund, CAARE’s purpose is to get immediate assistance to Chatham County artists and arts workers struggling with the economic impacts of the pandemic, helping with basic financial needs for artists and arts workers who are dealing with widespread cancellations of concerts, plays, events and art shows. Applications to the CAARE fund will be available to Chatham artists and arts workers on April 3. Disbursements will begin April 9. Join in CAARE’s efforts by adding your contribution to this sustaining fund.
Groceries – For Your Families and Others
– CORA Food Pantry and West Chatham Food Pantry are both open and seeking volunteers, particularly Spanish speakers. Clients at both locations will not be allowed into food shopping area but instead volunteers will collect foods for all families. Both pantries are in need of volunteers during business hours. Contact at:
- CORA: 919-542-5020, [email protected]
- West Chatham Food Pantry: 919-742-3111, [email protected]
At CORA, you can donate food like canned veggies, fruits and proteins, such as tuna, chicken, SPAM and ham. You can drop off food at 40 Camp Dr. in Pittsboro Monday through Friday between 9am and 1pm. The nonprofit is purchasing additional food to help with the increase in need and can make a dollar go much further than an individual would be able to at a grocery store because of its ability to buy in bulk. Send in donations to CORA at PO Box 1326, Pittsboro, NC 27312, or give securely online. You can also donate paper bags. If you have questions, email Rebecca Hankins.
The Chatham Council on Aging has compiled the following options for home grocery delivery:
88 Chatham Downs Dr., Phone: 919-960-0275
Must order online. Cost is $14.50 on weekdays and $16.50 on weekends. There is not a minimum or maximum dollar amount needed to purchase.
- Food Lion – Must order online. Cost is $7.99 for one-hour delivery or $5.99 for two-hour or more delivery (you can select one-hour time windows), though the price can increase at particularly busy times.
- Lowes Foods
98 Chapelton Ct. (Veranda at Briar Chapel), 984-999-0501
Free delivery Monday – Friday within a five-mile radius of the pharmacy. If your needs fall outside of that five-mile radius, they will consider each address on a case-by-case basis. They are also compounding “Hanitizer.” Call before you go, as they have had to make more due to increased demand.
FREE PRESCRIPTION DELIVERY OFFER: Free one- to two-day prescription shipping applies to orders from March 9 to May 1.
FOR PRESCRIPTION DELIVERY: Delivery is available for eligible prescription drug orders with qualifying prescription benefit programs and insurance plans. Order cutoff times may vary by delivery option and pharmacy location. One- to two-day delivery only available on orders placed Monday through Thursday. Delivery may be subject to delays. Not all delivery options are available to every address or from all pharmacy locations.
Siler City Pharmacy
202 E. Raleigh St., Siler City, 919-663-5541Delivery Monday – Friday within city limits. Free if ordering for three or more prescriptions. Otherwise, $5.
Call Customer Care Center at 800-345-1985, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and have your insurance information handy. Cost varies from free to $19.95, depending on how soon the prescription is needed.
Call 1-800-273-3455 to speak to a pharmacy representative. Cost varies from free to $15 depending on how soon the prescription is needed.
Need A Good Book?
– Chatham County Libraries are closed but offer several online and digital alternatives. All members and all Chatham County public school students have access to e-books and audiobooks (students should use their ChathamPASS) including Access Video Films on Demand, e-iNC Library ebooks and audiobooks, Mango Languages with more than 70 languages and the NC Kids Digital Library.
– McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village is closed for shopping but their bibliophile staff offers curbside pickup and is also curating lists of favorites for extended reading on their bookshop.org page. You can pick it up curbside or have the book shipped to your house; McIntyre’s gets a percentage of every sale.
– Chatham Reads, a nonprofit focused on early childhood literacy, maintains a network of “Little Libraries.” The take-a-book/leave-a-book reading libraries are available at eight locations (click for map): Northeast District Park, Northwest District Park, Southwest District Park, The Learning Trail (in The Nature Trail trailer park), Town Lake Park in Pittsboro, Bennett Elementary School (outside of school for all the community to enjoy), Sprott Youth Center in Moncure, Boling Lane Park.
– All Central Carolina Community College facilities are closed to the public and students until further notice. Beginning March 23, most in-person courses will be moved to an online format. Computer lab and in-person library access will be reinstated for students as soon as possible. The list of face-to-face classes moving online were posted on the CCCC homepage March 18. Instructors are communicating expectations via Blackboard and Cougarmail. March 30 update: Free WiFi available to students and employees in specific parking lot locations. For access information and other resources, click here.
Finally, here’s some pictures from Briar Chapel‘s Katie Smith, who spent the first few days of school and business closings making a scavenger hunt with her daughter in a park in Briar Chapel. They made special shapes then hid them around the park for others to come and find (but not touch!) with instructions made from chalk. What else are you doing as the days go by?