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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Downtown Owen Sound Stores Open Up

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

Some are still doing curbside pick-up while others are fully open.

Bernie Fishman and Margit Berne 

Downtown Owen Sound was a mix of stores that were open and closed on the first day of restrictions being lifted for some businesses.

A walk down 2nd Avenue East Tuesday showed some businesses, like Photo Lab are open for curbside pick-up of orders while they prepare to fully open in the coming days.

Some are now completely open to customers like The Runner's Den, Heartwood and Sunpoint (though their tanning beds are still closed).

Many say they've had a few customers though it isn't the same volume as they would have seen pre-COVID-19.

Sunpoint's Margit Berne is glad to be open again, as most of her customers are in their 60's and older and not always familiar with online shopping.

Just down from her store, Shoppers Clothing Company owner Bernie Fishman is looking at opening his doors next week.

D.C. Taylor Jewellers' David Taylor says they plan to open fully this week. They have been doing pick-up orders and online sales, and he notes their location on the east side of the city was been busy Tuesday.

Runner's Den Owner Scott Greig says he's happy to open his store back up to the public, "Staff have the masks to be able to wear, and we've got hand sanitizer," says Greig noting they've made some other changes to protocols to help ensure people's safety. Before today he was filling some online and phone orders.

Photo Lab's Becky McMillan says even before Tuesday, business has been steady with people picking up photos, though she does note more people are taking photos from their driveways and their porches.

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