Local Retailers Adapt to “New Normal”
The retail landscape has certainly changed over the last few months. Shops in Bay St. Louis know that their customers depend upon them – and they are answering the need.
- Story by Lisa Monti
Websites are populated with new photos of merchandise and special offers as business owners find their way in the new coronavirus landscape.
Martha Whitney Butler, owner of The French Potager, closed her floral shop on Main Street in Bay St. Louis for a few weeks while she continued to fill flower subscriptions and make a plan to move forward. Keeping up with new rules and restrictions has been challenging, she said.
“During the last month I’ve been thinking about how to operate in this new era and change the way I do business. It’s been an adjustment,” she said.
Until recently, she relied on daily deliveries to her shop to fill orders. “Every day I used to get fresh flowers delivered to my business. Right now I have to preorder everything. It takes at least 30 days,” Butler said.
She found a new supplier for flowers and is reopening “very slowly,” she said. Just in time for Mother’s Day, a major holiday in the florists’ world, Butler is introducing a personalized, online flower arranging class. “The idea is to have people sign up for a class on Zoom. We will deliver a bouquet of loose flowers to them and their mom and then I’ll teach them how to arrange them.”
213 Main St.
Bay Saint Louis
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