VIDEO: Currituck County Businesses are Resilient and Ready for Visitors
by Think Currituck, on 5/11/20 1:01 PM
When Currituck County welcomes visitors back on May 16, it will not be business as usual for local business owners.
The current pandemic has forced everyone to adapt normal operations so that customers, employees and citizens can be protected from the spread of COVID-19.
Currituck County recently produced a series of videos that takes a closer look at what some of the county's small business owners are doing to survive today and figure out ways to thrive tomorrow.
John Wright, owner of Sanctuary Vineyards said that his family has had to change their business model "almost 180 degrees."
Their wine business revolved around face-to-face interactions with the public. They poured wine, offered samples and sold individual bottles inside their Jarvisburg location. But coronavirus changed everything.
These days, Sanctuary Vineyards has relied heavily on online sales and local delivery to sustain revenue.
"We're doing the best we can under the rules that we've been given," Wright said.
Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe
Ted Jagucki, owner of the Outer Banks Popcorn Shoppe is looking forward to getting back to normal... or as close to normal as possible.
The Corolla popcorn seller felt the sting of lost sales in April, particularly the Easter holiday which traditionally brought big revenues to the shop.
For Jagucki, the return of visitors to the Outer Banks is key.
"We survive on them," he said. "And we need them here to thrive."
Currituck BBQ Company
Paul Robinson wanted Currituck BBQ Company to be more than a restaurant... he wanted it to be part of the community.
While the restaurant manages day-to-day by offering take-out and pick-up orders, Robinson is optimistic that busy days serving visitors will be back on the menu soon.
"We looking forward to getting back to a normal," he said. "I don't to define what that is... or how that takes place, but as soon as it does, we're going to be pretty excited."