By MARINA WATERS
The COVID-19 virus has closed down numerous school districts, restaurants and even national sporting events, but it’s not closing down restaurant business in downtown Jonesborough.
Restaurants throughout Jonesborough have added to-go and curbside services as well as take-home meals during the nation-wide health crisis.
“Our downtown businesses have been working hard to alter operations by finding creative ways to still provide their services” Jonesborough Main Street and Tourism Director Cameo Waters said. “Many of our shops are offering curbside pick-up, delivery, and online shopping. We’re encouraging folks to take advantage of this as well as suggesting gift card purchases to use at a later date.
“It’s so important during times like this to support your neighbors — and that’s exactly what small business owners are.”
Restaurants like Texas Burritos & More, Main Street Cafe, The Black Olive and others are offering to-go orders and curbside pick up.
In addition, Main Street Cafe and Boone Street Market will also offer meals to prepare at home. Sweet E’s Bakery will offer carry out and curbside pick up and Downtown Sweet will offer a bakery box subscriptions.
Because information on the health crisis along with updates from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee regarding what businesses can currently offer keep rolling each day, the Town of Jonesborough has launched a website to keep the public up to date on what all Jonesborough businesses are currently offering.
“We have a page on our website providing information regarding Town services and operations so residents stay informed,” Waters said, “But we also have a page dedicated to our businesses. This lists operation hours, curbside pickup and delivery options. We are updating these pages each time we receive new information, which seems to be coming in constantly.”
Though many businesses have temporarily closed down, Shelly Crowe, the executive director of Jonesborough Locally Grown, said Boones Street Market, which is also a grocery market full of locally grown foods, has seen an increase in the amount of customers walking through the door and pulling up to the curb.
“Overall we have been busier as a lot of other food stores and grocery stores are with people buying extra supplies and to be stocked up so they don’t have to go out as much and be quarantined,” Crowe said. “We are busier than normal. Our vendors are working very closely with us to make extra deliveries if they need to to keep extra food on the shelves. So we are in close contact and communication with our local farmers and producers.”
Boone Street Market is among the local eateries that have added curbside and to-go options. Crowe said offering those services is about providing options to the community while also still serving locally produced food to the community.
“Basically we all have to eat,” Crowe said. “People have to feed their families. For me personally, I can picture that weary parent who is having to work from home and has extra stress and concern taking care of children. If we can provide a meal for a family and help relieve that stress, that’s something we want to do.
“I want to let people know we are going to be here as best as we can.”
Apart from continuing to provide services in Jonesborough, Waters said the continuation speaks to what Jonesborough is about.
“It’s a testament to the Jonesborough community and the strong ties and love we have for one another,” Waters said. “It’s inspiring to see our favorite shops in Jonesborough striving to still provide any bit of normalcy to residents and visitors. Yes, it’s about keeping businesses afloat, but it’s also about providing the things that make life a little brighter during times like this.”
For general updates go to https://jonesborough.com/ and for business updates, go to https://jonesborough.com/merchant-updates-in-jonesborough/. For Jonesborough’s list of other altered services to go https://jonesborough.com/town-of-jonesborough-updates-regarding-altered-operations/.