COVID-19 Pandemic continues to alter the landscape of the Ceres business community
Penny Style, a woman's clothing boutique, was one of several downtown Ceres businesses that could not survive the effects of COVID-19. The Ceres community saw neighboring downtown businesses like Pastas Pronto Italian Restaurant also close its doors while Embroidery Plus, relocated just outside the city limits.
A Message from Our Chamber President --
We have all been impacted by COVID in one way or another. We've seen several businesses suffer by closing their doors. Many individuals have lost their jobs. Sadly, others have suffered the incredible loss of family or friends. If we are united for any reason, it has to be that we are all happy to see the end of 2020 and are hopeful for a brighter, healthier and happier 2021.
As we positively await the news of eliminating the stay-at-home orders for Stanislaus County, some new businesses await to open their doors. Tap In, Wine Down, a taproom and wine bar located at the corner of Lawrence and 4th Streets opened temporarily when California relaxed its pandemic guidelines. However rising COVID case numbers have caused state officials to impose the tighter guidelines, impacting taprooms, indoor dining at our local restaurants, hair & nail salons, gyms and other businesses.
Owners of The Doghouse, a taproom opening at the corner of Central and El Camino, have been hard at work transforming a former professional office space into a taproom with indoor and outdoor seating. It will be just blocks from the ACE Train Platform coming to Ceres by 2023. They are hoping to open soon as they have spent a great amount of time and money into their new business.
It's been amazing to see how some businesses adapted to the pandemic. La Cascada, located at 2704 Mitchell Road, installed a drive-thru window and almost immediately began accommodating outdoor dining. Classic Wine Vinegar found a way to help out during the pandemic when they re-tooled their equipment and began bottling hand sanitizers at a time when hand sanitizers were impossible to find.
Many businesses realized without technology or an online presence they would not stay in business. Shopping online, ordering take-out and meeting remotely have become the new norm.
We at the Ceres Chamber are relying more on social media platforms and email systems like Constant Contact to communicate with our membership faster and more efficiently, and using tools like Zoom to carry on with business. It's a learning curve for us all.
As we celebrate the dawn of a new season, we at the Chamber want to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. We remain committed to our business community and our citizens.
Best Wishes for a Bright 2021!
Herman Bhatti, President
Ceres Chamber of Commerce