If you had an order pending at Calvert Woodley, today and tomorrow are the days to pick it up. The store is closing at 5 p.m. on Saturday until at least April 20th. Why? “[I]t’s really as simple as feeling like it’s the right thing to do for the safety and well-being of everyone at CW, he writes. “In many ways, this is a very difficult decision. In terms of safety, both for now and down the road, it’s not difficult at all. The projected peak for COVID-19 cases in our area, from what I’ve read, is sometime in the next few weeks.”
At the businesses on the next block north, a Washington Post reporter counted at least 140 layoffs, and restaurants and stores operating with a skeleton crew. It’s a difficult and important read, and reporter Sergio Peçanha notes that while there may be limits to what those of us who have the privilege of working from home can do, “at least we are still able to order takeout.”
And, you can assist Van Ness Main Street in its efforts support the small businesses in Van Ness and Forest Hills. The main street has provided $38,000 in direct cash grants to the small businesses in its area, plus many hours of technical and promotional assistance, all in the last two and a half weeks. You can help the organization in its efforts with tax-deductible donations to the Van Ness Main Street Growth Fund.
With Van Ness Main Street’s help, we are keeping track of what’s open and the services available in the directory currently on top of the home page. Our hope is that providing a quick guide will aid these businesses in finding customers. Updates this week include Calvert Woodley, Bread Furst, Sugar Fox, Buck’s and Comet, plus: