Retail shops adjusting to curbside pick-up guidelines

SPOKANE, Wash.- Retail stores are now able to do business with some curbside pick-up.

There are several new safety guidelines in place, like making sure there’s no contact when picking up your items.

Some small shops, like Savvy Home on First Ave, are anxious to get that started.

Savvy Home first opened its doors just last June.

“We opened this store as a dream that we both had for years together,” Co-owner Kim Mehaffey said.

Now that dream has been overcome by the nightmare of COVID-19.

Kim and her business partner were just learning the basic functions of running a small business.

Now, they’re wondering how long they can keep those doors open.

“And we’re behing on our rent like probably many, many other businesses,” Mehaffey said.

They plan on taking advantage of curbside pick-up with some virtual showings of their merchandise.

They’re also using platforms like Instagram and Facebook.

“It also gives us an opportunity to see our customer’s homes, and if they would like help to coordinate and put something specific there,” Mehaffey said.

Just a few feet away, you’ll find another small shop on First Ave; BikeHub.

At the same time Savvy Home has had to stay closed, BikeHub has been overwhelmed with customers.

“Past few months, it’s been actually kind of weird, because we weren’t expecting it to be busy, and it’s just gotten increasingly busier and busier,” Store Manager Tim Dunn said.

Dunn said they’ve already sold out of a few different bikes, and the phone hasn’t stopped ringing.

Fleet Feet is another small business patiently waiting to reopen completely.

“Everyone’s out running and walking, so that’s a great thing for us,” President Wade Pannell said.

They’ve been selling footwear to healthcare professionals.

But, they’re ready to serve everyone else, even if the way they do business will look a little different.

“We will be wearing masks in the store for the foreseeable future, and we’re well-stocked with PPE,” Pannell said.

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