Do your part to keep Old Town Fort Collins’ stores open
As the northern Colorado community continues to abide by social isolation guidelines, Fort Collins’ downtown local businesses are getting creative to keep their doors open. Restaurants are offering special dinner menus for takeout, many of which are including cocktails and drinks to-go, bookstores are encouraging readers to purchase books online for delivery orders, and clothing and chocolatiers have transitioned online by creating Shopify accounts.
COVID-19’s pressures on local companies are enormous, particularly with the loss in spring tourism business dimming 2020 revenue forecasts. Despite the seemingly dark times, hope remains as Fort Collins’ Old Town businesses have recently banded together as the Downtown Business Association launched its “Support and Save” campaign.
Appealing to regular customers stuck at home and visitors who are unable to travel, the Support and Save campaign allows patrons to donate and receive a voucher for future purchases. To encourage more donations, the voucher’s value incrementally increases if patrons donate more: donate $20 and receive a $25 voucher, donate $40 and a receive $50 voucher, and donate $80 receive a $100 voucher.
If a great deal doesn’t excite someone to donate for a good cause, the full list on the Downtown Business Association’s website, linked here, just might. The list of participating stores ranges from footwear, antiques, art and handcraft stores, bars, restaurants, distilleries, breweries, an equestrian store, holistic life coaching, gyms, spices, salons, florists, furniture stores, olive oil companies, smoothie shops, fly fishing shops, soda fountains, and so much more.
“Old Town is the heart of Fort Collins and right now the local shops need our help,” says David Powell, managing broker at the Kentwood Real Estate – Northern Properties office. “If you’re a resident or a seasonal visitor, you know how special Old Town is to the city. The shops we enjoy visiting are counting on our support for when they’re able to open their doors to the public again.”
“You can’t beat the Old Town experience in Fort Collins. It’s heartbreaking to know many of these shops are struggling with COVID-19 keeping everyone away, but I know the Fort Collins and Colorado communities will pull together to support our local businesses,” says Catherine Rogers, broker associate at Kentwood’s Northern Properties office. Catherine listed a few of her favorite Old Town restaurants and shops: Slyce Pizza, Ginger Baker, Cooper Smiths, Blue Agave, Jay’s Bistro, Jax And Fish, and Emporium In The Elizabeth Hotel.
The National Restaurant Association estimates over 3 million industry employees have lost their jobs, and will miss out on $225 billions in estimated sales for 2020. Eventually, COVID-19 will pass but no one expects a large grand opening of American society when it happens. Society will still need to maintain distance as the virus will be marginally present, but locally owned retailers and restaurants will continue to need the community’s support until they’re able to operate a maximum capacity.
As Colorado’s top luxury real estate real estate brokerage, Kentwood Real Estate will support our community, clients, brokers, staff, and their families to endure. We’re in this together and we believe we’ll come out on the other side stronger than before.