Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

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Santa Barbara has become home to many larger, corporate entities, but I'm curious as to how the small local businesses are faring so far? This includes locally owned restaurants, retail shops, bars, etc. I've heard of a few businesses expanding their business models to include delivery now (such as El Rancho Market in Solvang) and wonder how other local businesses can creatively adapt to the current downturn.

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Sagepup Mar 13, 2020 10:40 AM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Yes, numbers are down. I own a little business here in SB ( I will not say which) The past couple of weeks has taken a nose dive. I don't know if it's the virus or the weather or both. After being here for so many years , this is by far the slowest month ever and yes I'm starting to stress. Please support local small businesses in hard times like this. Big Corporate entities will be fine.

a-1584123068 Mar 13, 2020 11:11 AM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Start thinking about ways to motivate rent relief for your business as well and pool strength with any other businesses renting under the same roof. This is not an attack, it's instead good business practice. Many real estate owners are REITs and/or private equity. They are afforded many tax incentives and soon tax relief to help in these situations. Be proactive. They have an incentive that you stay in business. Motivate them with a clear plan.

Sam The Dog Mar 13, 2020 12:44 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Most of Santa Barbara is not owned by REIT's or PE funds but local owners or small groups of investors. They have mortgages to pay too and lenders do not care what is going on in the world, they just want their money. It's easy to label landlords as greedy rich people that can afford forgo rent from tenants, some may be, many are not.

a-1584135730 Mar 13, 2020 02:42 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Wherever possible, people should go online and buy gift certificates to use later at local stores. If your store doesn’t offer this yet, maybe you should start OR put a big sign in your window with a number to call to do this. Good luck.

a-1584138368 Mar 13, 2020 03:26 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Not sure Sam what your point is. It's called a conversation. We're all in this together. Nobody's holding anyone out here as any of the things you suggest. It's simply an opportunity to talk to the people that both supply your business and demand from your products or services. Share details and find opportunities to survive. Jump on board, we need you.

stewart14 Mar 13, 2020 05:20 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

I'm with ya Sage. Small business owner here as well. Unfortunately I don't think my landlord will understand the circumstances.

LCP112233 Mar 13, 2020 10:47 AM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

I own a manufacturing business and so far business is still booming. A friend has a catering business and cancellations of events are rolling in.

EastBeach Mar 13, 2020 10:49 AM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Delivery services sound like a great idea. But I wouldn't patronize them unless I knew they were taking necessary precautions and exercising best practices to avoid becoming vectors themselves. Perhaps include that info/disclosure in their advertising, web site, etc.

a-1584122904 Mar 13, 2020 11:08 AM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

I am eager to keep going to restaurants, but afraid that that might be a bad idea. Not sure how to figure that out; I haven’t seen any government directive regarding restaurants in this area. I won’t go to close, crowded spots. But the more open spacious places? Maybe. And maybe I’ll bring my own fork.

Lucky 777 Mar 13, 2020 11:32 AM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Most of my clients come to me from out of the area and now they are cancelling/rescheduling because they are unwilling to fly or drive long distances. Easy enough to postpone their appointments until this plague passes over us, but I still have to pay the rent meanwhile.

winter Mar 13, 2020 11:49 AM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

We need to go to local restaurants...even if is take out.
They are about half full...seeing workers, spraying down tables...
Notice the drive thru s, are super busy..

a-1584125546 Mar 13, 2020 11:52 AM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Would recommend that members of the older demographic do not eat food prepared by others at this time. Restaurants generally do not pay out sick days, people work when they are sick.

a-1584138112 Mar 13, 2020 03:21 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Telling people to go to restaurants is an irresponsible suggestion. We are supposed to be reducing contact with people to mitigate community spread. We should be sheltering in place as much as possible and NOT going to restaurants, out shopping, unless it's for food, and basically avoiding each other wherever and whenever possible. Regarding shopping, I just came from the market in about 20% of the people in the market were there just to accompany the actual shopper. These people shouldn't be at the market if we want to reduce community spread of the virus. They should be waiting in the car or at home.

a-1584126063 Mar 13, 2020 12:01 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Guys please be careful with food deliveries. Don't get a false sense of security. A chinese take out delivery driver spread this virus in a town in Italy - he had been told to self quarantine but he didn't - b/c he had to work. Just be careful no matter what you do - even food delivery. Ask them to leave it on the porch and spray down the outside before you handle it.

jqb Mar 13, 2020 06:33 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

No, the story of a Chinese food delivery driver spreading the virus has not been debunked -- the only thing debunked is that he's patient zero. To quote your AP article: "On Feb. 29, Adnkronos released a story that a Pakistani man, who delivers Chinese food, did not quarantine himself in Italy after having a positive coronavirus test. The article makes no reference to the man being patient zero." -- the claim that he was patient zero was a conspiratorial add-on -- *that* has been debunked.

a-1584163931 Mar 13, 2020 10:32 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

EAST BEACH I did not say he spread it all over Italy or brought it in. He did spread it to others in HIS town while delivering food.

EastBeach Mar 14, 2020 12:52 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

10:32PM / STEFANA - You're being confused by the way Edhat orders replies (replies are indented) from the post being replied to). They are always listed in *reverse* order under the first post. That means each reply in the list comes after the one *below* it (not above it).

a-1584140755 Mar 13, 2020 04:05 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Will teachers have to teach/work extra weeks in May or June to make up the time --- students are supposed to have a certain number of days in school!

a-1584153828 Mar 13, 2020 07:43 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Hoping school won't be extended into summer. It wasn't during the thomas fire as we were under a state of emergency, as we are now. They did send kids home at our school with 2 weeks worth of homework.

a-1584136143 Mar 13, 2020 02:49 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

I work in travel and tourism, mostly supporting corporate groups that come to our area. Most of my programs have canceled; and sadly, this is our busy season. I won’t be going out and spending money on anything not essential. :(

giftedinSB Mar 13, 2020 04:06 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

If you are a small or medium sized business (SMB) owner and your business is impacted by COVID-19, then you are eligible to take out a low-interest loan. Trump just made $50 billion available for such loans. Disclaimer: I am NOT a Trump supporter, just wanted to share the resources that are available to SMB owners.

Shasta Guy Mar 13, 2020 05:19 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Local businesses that require parts and sub assemblies made in China to make products will have their production lines stop. Very bad. Too much production was outsourced to China.

EastBeach Mar 13, 2020 08:00 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Had India been the primary manufacturing hub instead and they got hit by an epidemic, you'd be saying too much production was outsourced to India. I think the better observation is when production isn't geographically diversified, these "all eggs in one basket" scenarios can arise.

915films Mar 13, 2020 05:54 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Whole Foods, owned by the richest guy in America, Jeff Bezos, won't cover all employees sick leave.
"In a letter sent to employees earlier this week, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey explained that one of the options available to workers was for them to "donate" their "paid time off" days to a pool that other workers could draw from."

a-1584155121 Mar 13, 2020 08:05 PM
Local Businesses Affected by Covid-19?

Don't buy things online! It harms local communities. And Congress needs to roll back those tax breaks. We should NOT have billionaires. Period!

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