Area Businesses and Organizations Scrambling to Serve

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 3:45pm


Area businesses and organizations are adjusting their ways of doing business to enable continued service to their customers and members.

Todd Anderson of French and Brawn reports they are serving over 200 customers daily even though customers are not entering the store. About 70 of them, Monday through Friday, are getting their grocery orders delivered to their homes. The other 130 are placing orders and stopping at the store’s Mechanic Street door for curbside pick up seven days a week.

Sammy’s Deluxe is taking orders Thursday - Saturday and Sammy said in his first three days of offering his curb-side delivery he prepared 80 meals.

Long Grain’s Paula Palakawong says they are surprised that people, though many not working during the week, continue to follow their weekend dining-out pattern. They are serving on average 60 to 70 servings per evening and 30 servings at lunch. Last weekend, they served 150 meals at dinner.

Megan Bruns at the Hartstone Inn reports that they are serving on average 40 to 50 meals a day with over 100 Easter Sunday meals ordered already. You can find their daily menu and number on the Inn’s Facebook page.

Graffam Bros. Seafood Market offers curbside delivery and home delivery through Craft delivery. Leni Gronros of Graffam Bros. says “80% of their business is being conducted by curbside pick up with 60 to 70 pickups per day. Gronos says, “We still provide in-store shopping with safeguards including sanitizing stations and six-foot marking on the floor.”

Tom Peaco, Executive Director of The Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce says the chamber created two initiatives to help their members and the community. The first is an active Who’s Open page listing those area services open for service. The second is an Opportunity Knox page. With this initiative, customers can purchase a gift certificate or credit to one or more small businesses, or make a contribution to one or more non-profits in our region. Through PayPal, funds are passed through directly to the businesses and non-profits chosen by consumers who use the site.Businesses and organizations will receive a record of the transaction, and the customer keeps a copy of it as well for their records.

First Congregational Church, Camden is conducting Sunday Service and other services via Zoom. Last Sunday, Palm Sunday, over 130 congregants participated. Rev Ute Molitor says “the services are open to the public, please feel welcome to join us.  Anyone wanting a Zoom invitation to join a service or other on-line offerings, can contact Becky Brace in the church office: or call 236-4821.” Molitor adds that “all services are always open to the public and all are encouraged to join us after this period of social-distancing ends.”