COVID-19 is affecting things everywhere, especially local businesses. The Opelika Observer went to Facebook to ask what changes small businesses here in the area are making to insure employee and customer safety as well as whether or not they will remain open. Many are staying open, and in the case of dining establishments, choosing to serve their customers by offering curbside pickup or delivery.
Taylor Made Designs will host a live virtual shopping night on March 19. The store is using Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer in an effort to be cautious.
Angel’s Antique Mall is open for normal business hours. They have instructed staff to sanitize every night.
Massey Family Chiropractic will be open this weekend to provide care to overworked hospital staff. Alabama Foot Care Center will be open. They are taking proper precautions by wearing masks and gloves and using Lysol on surfaces three times a day.
O Town is encouraging their patrons to use the drive-up window.
Chuck’s Bar-B-Que of Opelika remains open. Acre, Ariccia and Piccolo, Cafe 123, La Cantina, Laredo’s, Sword and Skillet and Zazu Gastropub are now offering curbside pickup. Bow & Arrow has drive-thru pickup available.
Jim Bob’s on First Avenue and Susie K’s are offering free delivery for customers within eight miles of the restaurant.
Mama Mocha’s Coffee Emporium on First Avenue remains open, but will only accept orders their door-to-go, no cash and cannot provide access to the bathroom or cafe during this time. Apple, Google and Samsung payments will still be accepted.
Butcher Paper BBQ will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Starting next week, it will be open 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They are working on upping sanitation routines.
Both locations of Miss Deanna’s Childcare will be open.
Southern Crossing will be open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are offering free deliveries in Opelika, Auburn and surrounding areas.
Major retailers like Belk and Men’s Wearhouse are two stores that have announced that they are closing. The Observer is actively working to confirm and publicize other store closures.