Buy local for the vacations … online. – WCSH-WLBZ

11December 2020

Even though lots of regional storefronts are closed and others are choosing to stay home and stay safe, purchasing local is still an alternative this year.

PORTLAND, Maine– While the twinkling lights and sounding bells of downtown Christmas shopping might have to wait till next year, purchasing local for the vacations is as readily available as ever– and one way to ensure your favorite stores are still in organization next season.

COVID-19 has devastated Maine’s economy, and numerous stores, restaurants, and other organizations have folded as customers stay at home to remain safe. But others have “rotated, “adjusting their organization to the pandemic by

adding or promoting online shopping– and enabling Mainers to keep their shopping dollars local and support their communities. Jasmine Clayton, designer and owner of Kurier, a leather items store in the heart of Portland’s East End, shut down totally when COVID-19 initially sneaked into Maine, then sewed and sold about 3,000 face masks, she said.

Once she pivoted, however, she resumed with two workers, taking cautious safety measures including demanding face masks and hand sanitizer and limiting the variety of the consumers in the store to 3.

Clayton is ready to take online– and in-person– orders for the brightly-colored leather lug bags she’s understood for.”We have a lot of things that is prepared to go [and] I’m making new things every day,” Clayton said.< div class =" short article __ area post __ section_type_text energy __ text" readability="

41″>” It’s been difficult, “she added.”The previous few months have actually certainly been an extremely distinct experience for everyone … for the most part, everybody I have actually spoken to has actually had the ability to pivot and make it. You understand, I do not know if I’m in it for the long term– if we can all keep it going– however we have actually all said, ‘OK, today I may not make the product I’m expected to make, but I can stitch face masks.'”

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