COVID-19 | Event UPDATES & Free business support

COVID-19 BUSINESS IMPACTS

LAST UPDATED 05.26.2020

OUR APPROACH

The Local Maker team is always focused on maintaining a safe environment for our customers, cleaning between events and encouraging employees to stay home when sick. In addition to these normal practices, we believe at this time it is also crucial for us to make changes to our business practices as good citizens of this community. We are choosing to limit our interaction with the public to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the potential burden on our healthcare system. We are confident that there is little to no risk of contamination in our shipping process and therefore our online store will stay open and operational. 


 We will use this page to provide updates on our approach as the expert information available to us changes.

The Studio - Workshops & Events

We believe it is our responsibility as a leader in our community to exercise an abundance of caution and to take steps to reduce the impacts on others. Therefore, we have canceled or postponed workshops and events OF ANY SIZE. In order to comply with the State of Massachusetts reopening plan we will reassess our approach on or after the Phase 2 reopening which is currently scheduled for June 8th.


The Showroom

Our online store is open for shopping, and we are taking appointments via FaceTime or Zoom, please reach out to us at hello@localmaker.com for a virtual yet personal tour. 


If you are a Retail Buyer and have questions about delaying your shipments, please contact orders@localmaker.com. Our brick and mortar Showroom is closed for appointments for one week but we are taking limited Showroom appointments for Retail Buyers beginning June 8th. We are also in the beginning stages on planning a virtual market event for August since we will not be attending the NY NOW Summer show this year.

FREE BUSINESS SUPPORT

This is a trying time and no one truly knows the best way to navigate it. We are learning together and the best we can do here at Local Maker is offer support and provide our expertise to any small business owner who needs it. 


If you are trying to move any or all of your business online I can specifically offer you a free Shopify development site which you can use to build your online store and is free until you launch. I have had a successful career in sales, marketing, operations and finance and am also the owner/operator of two small businesses (Local Maker and Noted Candles). I work with many other business owners across retail/services/manufacturing and am happy to share any insight I can to help you now and in the future. I love this community and will do whatever I can to help you all through this.


Please email me directly if you are interested in taking me up on the offer to help in any way I can, ashley@localmaker.com. We're in this together and there is a community here to help ensure that when this passes, which it will, you emerge even better off.




Stay safe and stay sane. We will get through this.