As we know, COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our normal, everyday lives. While every sector of society has been forced to adapt, many small businesses were forced to close their doors and halt physical sales. Our support means literally everything to these shops, and there are actions that we all can take from our couches can help our favorite businesses survive.

Businesses have needed to adjust their business models and to change the way that they serve our community to stay relevant in these undeniably tough times. Pet Wants Mountain Maryland has been able to expand existing delivery services and provide essential services despite the stay-at-home order. With little to no time to make decisions or to prepare alternative forms of business, our proactive FrostburgFirst members have quickly and effectively evaluated their options. By offering options like delivery and curbside pickup, businesses like Main Street Books and Lorenzo’s Frostburg Bakery demonstrated an unwavering desire to serve Downtown Frostburg and a remarkable ability to adapt. So many of Frostburg’s restaurants have developed curbside meal packages, offering value and convenience for customers. Many of these businesses offered no such options prior to this crisis, so evaluating and perfecting the means necessary to make such services available was no easy task. Take a look at our constantly updating list of operating businesses to find out how you can shop small safely from home!

Our own Frostburg State University utilizes their marketing program to teach students the importance of understanding the external environment/ threats and the skill of adapting to meet new demands from consumers, the government, and society/ culture. This crisis unfortunately provides us with a real-life example of the importance of such skill and professionalism. Our businesses have shown that they have the knowledge and skill that future marketing professionals are learning to succeed.

As an Arts & Entertainment District, Downtown Frostburg regularly hosts a plethora of content in live performance, arts, and skill-building. Despite all other added worries and responsibilities in this time, our local businesses have still been pushing arts, hobbies, and skills through their various available online mediums. Clatter Coffee continues to share music with their audience by hosting live-streamed performances on Facebook. Frostburg Fiber Depot has hosted a “Virtual Knit Night”  in addition to offering video lessons. It doesn’t end there!

Our businesses have blown us away with their ability to adapt and their display of marketing knowledge and professionalism to survive in this time! Please continue to support them so that they are here to stay in our beautiful small town, during and long after this unprecedented global issue. Stay safe and healthy, and look to our Facebook and Instagram pages for updates regarding how you can help and what our businesses are offering!