Well, this has been quite the week! No matter where you live it seems we’ve all been made very well aware of how quickly sickness (and rumors) can spread. As we get closer and closer to house arrest, many of us are trying to figure a few things out. Small Business owners are sure on the top of the list! I know the corona virus is affecting everyone, one way or another…and some people are just inundated with all the problems that come with something this serious, and honestly, I don’t think we’ve even seen the worst of it yet. New verbiage, like social distancing, has become the norm, and I have never disliked heading to Walmart more in my life. I hate to see the ugly and selfish in people…thank heavens the good will always outweigh the bad in my eyes. We all need patience and kindness right now. A little common sense and hand sanitizer certainly doesn’t hurt either.
For the second time in five years, we had to cancel our monthly market. The first cause was Hurricane Florence, the second is Covid-19. I struggled with whether or not I should open or close, but the CDC made the final decision for me. Still a hard pill to swallow. Being a once a month market everything we do is just so different from your typical brick and mortar, and “closing down” is no different. In typical Seaglass fashion, we are going to be just a little different from the other local events that needed to cancel. With 4 full days to create online presence, we will operate as the innovative, individual businesses we are, creating online stores, sell our product and then come together as a functioning curbside delivery service on day 5! What?! Yep, if you check out our Facebook Page you will find a list of participating vendors (links included), you can go to their individual pages and order whatever they have ready for purchase, after payment (preferably through invoicing, to avoid unnecessary contact) the item will be bagged up and you can pick it up curbside at Seaglass on Saturday 3/21 between the hours of 9 & 3. (Applebee’s got nothing on us!) Please note, Seaglass will not be open to the public, no one will be permitted in either warehouse. Once you arrive at the market your items will be brought out to you. That’s right, you will not need to leave your car. THAT is social distancing at its best!
As I read and learn what precautions we should be taking, I do want to share a few things. Get your info from the CDC or valid healthcare websites (not Facebook posts), wash your hands (more than usual), be aware of what you touch and where your hands are, wipe down things around you (often) and use hand sanitizer whenever you touch something. Distance yourself from others (stay home when possible), buy what you need (don’t be a hoarder), don’t kiss, hug or shake hands with people you may run into. That’s it…it’s not as hard as you think, most of this is common sense. Deep breath my friends, we can do this! I do want to add, check on your elderly neighbors, friends and family members, as they are probably terrified to go out. Oh, and be kind. Always be kind.
Friday I picked up a 30 day heart monitor. I cannot imagine this thing is getting an accurate reading. I have never been so anxious in my life. Just stepping into a medical complex with all this CRAZZZY going on was stressful. I’m worried about my kids (and grandson), I’m worried about my mom and mother in law and I’m worried about my fellow vendors, our community. This is not over yet, I pray we stay strong and focused and find a path out of this. I cannot wait till our monthly market is back to normal, but for now, I ask you to help us navigate some rough waters. I am not normally a person who stresses, but there sure are a lot of unknowns. Hopefully, I will get a good report at the end of the 30 days and the world as we knew it before all this will be back to normal, and since we’re imagining what WILL BE, maybe we will learn a few things from all this and things might even be better.
Stay safe. Be kind. Shop small.