OREGON, Wis. (WMTV) -Some small companies in Oregon are experiencing a resurgence after just a few months of uncertainty throughout the pandemic.
The Firefly Espresso Home in downtown Oregon is a spot the place folks come to get their fill and their caffeine repair. The enterprise is affectionately often known as “Oregon’s Dwelling Room” as a result of it’s a preferred hangout spot for folks to catch up over a cup of espresso.
“I might say since July, we’ve rebounded drastically. Our gross sales are extra much like 2019,” stated proprietor Jeanne Carpenter.
Carpenter says they’re grinding out loads of enterprise now, however early within the pandemic, that wasn’t the case.
“In the course of the month of March, I cried lots,” admitted Carpenter. “Within the first few months of the pandemic, it was actually aggravating for me. I believed we have been going to lose our enterprise. I believed my workers have been going to lose their jobs,”
However Carpenter persevered. Folks nonetheless come into the store to order, however most of her enterprise is completed on-line.
“60 to 65% of our enterprise is now going out the again door by means of the ‘no-contact curbside pick-up’ aspect Carpenter.
And simply down the road at The Chocolate Caper, it’s the same story.
“Initially of the pandemic, we have been terrified that we have been going to exit of enterprise,” stated proprietor Elizabeth Donoghue.
However on-line gross sales, as soon as once more, saved the day.
“We’ve at all times had a web site. You might at all times order on-line, however to maintain up with the quantity, we actually needed to make a variety of modifications,” stated Donoghue.
Enterprise often dies down throughout the summer time months for the Chocolate Caper. So when the pandemic occurred within the spring, that put Donoghue on excessive alert.
“The best worry for us was the truth that this was all occurring going into the slowest time of the yr. The summer time we at all times gradual manner down,” she stated.
However they have been capable of adapt throughout the summer time months and enterprise was really respectable.
“That is really the primary yr we didn’t see as enormous as a drop in the summertime as a result of everybody was ordering on-line,” stated Donoghue. “Everybody wants consolation and what’s higher than some scrumptious chocolate as a consolation merchandise?”
These two small companies are bouncing again and are prepared for something the long run holds.
“We’re hanging in there and we’re fairly pleased,” stated Carpenter. “We’re all in. We’re not going anyplace,”
The Chocolate Caper even has plans to increase. They plan on opening a brand new dessert café they’re calling “The Kickback Café” someday within the spring of 2021.
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