The last several weeks, many of us have been talking about the varied impacts of COVID-19 on lives, businesses, how we work, how we quickly adapt, etc.
No industry is immune or exempt from the changes in which we now operate and communicate.
We’ve found ourselves saying, repeatedly, ‘last year, we were doing this…’ or ‘we were in this city or country…’ as we spoke of places we visited. We see our social media memories popping up, filled with selfies of groups gathered to eat and spend time together, attending an event, or vacationing and sharing the backdrop.
We have had some major holidays, spring break, and a myriad of conferences and other meetings and social occasions postponed, then canceled for 2020. The cancellations continue for both corporate and personal events and occasions.
Nevertheless, in a time when they need help, we’ve seen our tourism and hospitality industry mobilize to support each other. They quickly adjusted, and so many are small businesses, and while they try to sort through their own evolving business models, they’re not forgetting their team and their community.
We are proud to work with the professionals in our industry and we look to silver linings at this time. Cheers to the spirit of travel and those working hard to make that magic happen so that when it’s safe and when it’s time, we’ll see you again.
- Root Cellar Café and Catering PBO – Chef Cuni giving back to CORA.
- A brief list (continues to grow) of our businesses who are giving back:
- Aromatic Roasters – Free coffee for all Police Officers, Fire, EMS, and other first responders.
- Carolina Brewery & Grill – Robert Poitras – Feed the Fight Chapel Hill, a campaign aimed at providing meals to local hospital workers.
- The Hill – Nutrition – Giving back to medical personnel at UNC, Duke. Fund for a smoothie/shake for medical personnel.
- Town Hall Burger and Beer and O’Ya Cantina – Food donations to hospital workers and first responders.
- Pittsboro Roadhouse – Contributions to the Panda Pack efforts.
- Breakaway Cafe – Chapel in the Pines and The Farm at Penny Lane.
- French Connections – Donating material for guests making masks for frontline and healthcare staff.
- Wild Women Chasing Periwinkle – Making masks from donated material and distributing to frontline and healthcare staff.
- Small B&B and Cafe prepared meals for Fuel Up at Perry Harrison thanks to someone interested in funding the meals.
- Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge – Utilized a 3-D printer to make medical face shields and donated them to area hospitals and facilities.
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