Local Businesses Are Getting Creative To Help Employees & Draw In Customers

CHARLOTTE, NC. — Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room sits on the corner of South Church Street in South End. The business is known for its smiling service and tasty beers. On a normal Friday night–good luck finding a seat. But for the past week, the place has been empty. It closed because of coronavirus.

“We decided to hunker down. We closed completely, we laid off all 40 of our workers and ask them to apply for unemployment,” says Co-owner of Craft Alyson Davis.

Dan and Alyson Davis are the owners of Craft and Lincoln Street Cocktails. They came up with an idea to open back up on Friday for a fundraiser. Offering free growler fills if you donate to their employee relief fund.

“We felt like this was a great opportunity for us to use what resources we do have, which is our tap wall and turn that into meals and groceries which our team desperately needs.”

Other local businesses are using take-out and delivery to get by. Like Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

“Everybody is having to adapt right now. The drive-thru was just a natural progression of what’s going on right now with all the bars and restaurants,” says Chandler Owen with Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

Friday, the city hosted a coronavirus virtual small business forum. Businesses were able to give city leaders feedback and explain their challenges.

Paycheck Protection Program applications also started Friday for small businesses. Authorizing more than $300 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses and their employees across the country.