June Outdoor Marketplace brings some relief for small business community in Delaware
BRIDGEVILLE, Del. – Since coronavirus restrictions eased in Delaware many business owners are now looking to reconnect with shoppers.
On Saturday, businesses across the First State set up tents for the June Outdoor Marketplace at the Antique Alley of Bridgeville for a chance to interact with customers.
And business owners we spoke to say events like this one bring some relief after months of facing unprecedented challenges.
“Unfortunately with the pandemic when it hit was really bad timing,” said Jennifer Parnell, owner of Leap Of Faith Events.
“We had a lot of events on the calendar that have been postponed, rescheduled,” said Parnell.
Some business owners say they are excited to reconnect with the community after the pandemic significantly impacted their businesses.
“We’re just so excited that we’ve been able to come out and get back to a little bit of normalcy and a little bit of life before the pandemic,” said Parnell.
“It was a difficult time, but we stay close-knit as a family and we work through it and now we’re happy to be back out in the public and able to share our treats with others,” said Kristen Abbott, owner at Bites of Delight in Milton.
Abbot says her business took a big hit after closing down because of the pandemic.
“We temporarily closed for safety purposes because there was a lot of worry about food and the safety of our customers,” said Abbot.
But despite some challenges, these business owners tell us they remain hopeful during this tough time.
“We’re hoping that things just keep continuing and that people get more comfortable as things go on and we just know that we’re taking every precaution we can to keep our customers safe when they buy our products,” said Abbot.
The event also provided sanitizing stations for visitors and organizers say there are plans to host more outdoor events like this one in the future for the community.