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657 bar, restaurant owners across state receive $3.3M in relief through liquor commission buyback program

The program offered bars and restaurants a 100% cash buyback to on-premise liquor licensees for spirits they had ordered from the Commission prior to March 16, 2020. (Huron Hub file photo)


Posted by The Huron Hub | May 1, 2020

More than $3.3 million in financial relief is going to 657 bar and restaurant owners across the state – a financial lifeline averaging over $5,000 for hard-hit hospitality businesses, Gov. Whitmer announced today.

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) is administrator of the governor’s spirits buyback program.

“I know the financial losses have been incredibly devastating to business owners in the hospitality industry during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Whitmer. “I am pleased that through this innovative program, we can provide much-needed cash to hundreds of Michigan’s bars and restaurants that are struggling right now, to help tide them over until they’re open for business again.”

Pursuant to the governor’s Executive Order 2020-46, the program offered a 100% cash buyback to on-premise liquor licensees for spirits they had ordered from the Commission prior to March 16, 2020.

Licensees actually keep possession of the products the Commission bought back, with no bottles being picked up.

Bars and restaurants have 90 days after emergency declarations are lifted to repurchase the inventory by selling it when they’re back open for business and pay the Commission back interest free.

“The Commission is proud to be a part of the governor’s one-of a kind liquor buyback,” said MLCC Chair Pat Gagliardi. “We’re extremely pleased to provide these neighborhood bars and restaurants across Michigan a financial lifeline they can count on in these uncertain times.”

Eligible licensees applied for the spirits buyback program directly through the MLCC from April 14-24. Once applications were approved by the MLCC, checks were issued to licensees from the Michigan Department of Treasury.

Dine-in services of all bars and restaurants in the state were suspended on March 16 by Executive Order as the coronavirus outbreak continued to spread.


Drake Lambert of Huron Township sells signs to support local business during pandemic

Drake Lambert, 10, lives in Huron Township and has been a fan of Schwartz’s Greenhouse his whole life. He is selling signs locally, to support the business. Proceeds from the sales will buy Schwatz’s Greenhouse employees a catered meal once all the signs are sold. (Photo courtesy of Monica Sharf)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published May 4, 2020

Drake Lambert of Huron Township wanted to give back to his community during the uncertain times and even encourage a few smiles along the way.

Drake, 10, has always been a big fan of Schwartz’s Greenhouse, said his mom, Monica Sharf.

To show and build support for a local business during the pandemic, Drake had signs printed to show support for Schwartz’s and has sold them to anyone locally who wants to display one in their yard.

“If you know Drake then you know he tells everyone his first job will be at Schwartz’s Greenhouse, so it was a no brainer when he picked their business to give back too,” Sharf said in a social media post. “Schwartz’s Greenhouse has been a staple in our community for over 60 years. They do countless fundraisers to help support our sports teams and schools. Drake has decided to sprinkle our community with these awesome signs to show Schwartz’s Greenhouse just how much our community loves them.”

Anyone who wants to purchase a sign from Drake can message Monica Sharf on Facebook.

The signs are $20 and they will deliver the signs locally.

“50% pays for the sign and the other 50% Drake will be used to do something special for Schwartz’s Greenhouse and all of their amazing staff,” Sharf said.

She said Drake has decided to use the funds to buy a catered lunch for all the staff at the greenhouse.


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Local greenhouses set to open during pandemic with safety measures in place

In this Huron Hub file photo, daisies soak up the bright light inside of Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road. Schwartz’s is among several area greenhouses and growers who are planning on opening soon and have plans in place to do business during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Scott Bolthouse)


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 26, 2020

Winter is quickly fading away and that means thousands of green thumbs everywhere are ready to get dirty, and countless local growers are ready to sell their products.

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced all non-essential businesses to close in March, greenhouse owners and customers alike worried about the upcoming growing season.

Last week, Gov. Whitmer eased restrictions on some businesses, including greenhouses and growers.

With the new regulations in place, local greenhouses have said they are getting ready to open with new safety measures in place for customers and employees.

Block’s Greenhouse in Romulus posted on their Facebook page some of their plans to sell plants during the pandemic.

The business did not post an opening date yet but said to stay tuned.

“Our plans to create a safe shopping environment. We will be limiting the number of shoppers in the store at any one time. There will be special hours for seniors and the vulnerable population. Face masks will be required per Governor Whitmer’s order. We will also be extending our selling season. We will continue planting so we have a good selection of flowers and vegetable plants,” their post said.

Schwartz’s Greenhouse in Huron Township announced recently that they would be launching online ordering system, curbside pickup for customers this season with a May 1 planned opening date.

“This program will start hopefully May 1st or when the Stay Home Stay Safe order is lifted,” the business said in a Facebook post.

“We have also reduced display carts and benching to encourage more space for our customers to practice social distancing for those that still want to browse and pick their own items.We will have one way aisles in order to help flow and congestion helping us practice our best social distancing as a community.Our plan is to implement handheld checkout machines which should help ease congestion at the checkout area. As of now we are planning on having dedicated shopping hours for our senior community to help our most vulnerable community members stay as safe as possible…Stay tuned for more details on that as well,” Schwartz’s said.

Kurtzhal’s Greenhouse, 27098 Sibley Road, posted on their social media that they plan to open on May 1.

Vena’s Greenhouse, 20935 Martinsville Road, also said they are opening on May 1.

Normal business hours are in full swing at Grass Roots Pond and Garden, 24765 Bell Road, according to their Facebook post.

If you own or operate a greenhouse near Huron Township and want to be added to this list, please email ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com


 

Schwartz’s Greenhouse to launch online ordering system, curbside pickup for customers this season


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 7, 2020

A popular local greenhouse is designing a new way to sell their products this spring and summer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schwartz’s Greenhouse, 30705 Sibley Road, told customers in a Facebook post Thursday that the business is going to implement online ordering and curbside pickup this season.

“As of right now we are in the final stages of implementing an online ordering system through our website,” the Facebook post said. “This is an exciting thing we are going to offer to you to help practice our best social distancing as a community as possible. It’s important that we all do our part responsibly and we feel by doing this and limiting the amount of interaction between people while still providing you all your products as efficiently as possible is an exciting thing.”

Schwartz’s said they are planning to have the system ready by May 1 and they plan to open the greenhouses around the same time, but customers should check the business’s Facebook page for updates.

Visit their website at schwartzgreenhouse.com or visit their Facebook page at this link.


 

Charter offers free internet access for 60 days to new K-12 and college student households


By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Published April 3, 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, those adhering to the stay home order are relying on internet more than ever to work, continue schooling, and for general entertainment.

Charter says the company will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription.

The offer is for any service level up to 100 Mbps and installation fees will be waived for new student households.

To enroll call 1-844-488-8395.

Additionally, Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.

Charter will continue to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, high speed broadband program to eligible low-income households delivering speeds of 30 Mbps.

Charter will also open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use.

Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees, according to the company.

As the country works collaboratively to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends.

Charter’s says their advanced communications network ensures more than 29 million customers–including government offices, first responders, health care facilities, and businesses–maintain the connectivity they rely on.

The company says their network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage which is typically in the evenings, so a surge during the day would be well within the network’s capabilities to manage.

Charter says it will continue to closely monitor the situation and is well-prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity.

Charter added that they have extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.


 

Dollar General: first hour open dedicated to senior customers

(Photo courtesy Dollar General)

Posted by The Huron Hub on Monday, March 16, 2020

Dollar General announced plans to dedicate the first hour of each shopping day to senior shoppers, as well as amend store operating hours beginning tomorrow, starting March 17.

“In keeping with our mission and our ongoing commitment to serve our communities, we are dedicating the first hour of each day to seniors. We appreciate our customers’ understanding of our decision and request they visit our stores later in the morning to allow at-risk populations the ability to purchase the items they need at affordable prices,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “During these unprecedented times, Dollar General is diligently working to meet the ongoing needs of our customers and communities. We are proud to live our mission and provide customers with everyday low prices on the household essentials that are used and replenished most often.”

Dollar General is strongly encouraging that the first hour of operations each day be dedicated solely for the shopping needs of senior customers, who are one of the groups most vulnerable to the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Dollar General says the company wants to provide these at-risk customers with the ability to purchase the items they need and want at the beginning of each day to avoid busier and more crowded shopping periods.

Other customers are encouraged to plan their shopping trips around this window of time to allow the most susceptible customers in our communities the ability to shop during the first hour that stores are open.

Additionally, all stores plan to close one hour earlier than current close times to allow employees to clean and re-stock store shelves, as well as for their health and wellbeing. Stores will continue to maintain current opening hours. Normal operating hours by individual store locations are available here.

Dollar General says their stores remain committed to providing customers and employees with a safe, clean and pleasant shopping environment at all stores and seeks for customers to feel confident when shopping its stores.


 

Governor Whitmer signs order temporarily closing bars, theaters, casinos, gyms; limits restaurants to delivery, carry-out orders


Posted by Huron Hub staff on Monday, March 16, 2020 -- 11:40 AM EST

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-9 Monday which temporarily closes theaters, bars, and casinos, and limits restaurants to carry-out and delivery orders.

Under Executive Order 2020-9, effective Monday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m., the following places of public accommodation will be closed; restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, bars, taverns, brewpubs, distilleries, clubs, movie theaters, indoor and outdoor performance venues, gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios, spas, and casinos.

Order restrictions will remain in place until Monday, March 30 at 11:59 p.m.

This order does not restrict a place of business from offering food and beverage using delivery service, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, or drive-up service. Places of public accommodation are encouraged to do so and use precautions to mitigate potential transmission of COVID-19, including social distancing. Restaurants may allow five people inside at a time to pick up orders, so long as they stay six feet apart from each other.

These restrictions do not apply to the following locations: office buildings, grocery stores, markets, food pantries, pharmacies, drug stores, and providers of medical equipment and supplies, health care facilities, residential care facilities, congregate care facilities, and juvenile justice facilities, warehouse and distribution centers, and industrial and manufacturing facilities.

“This disease is a challenge unlike any we’ve experienced in our lifetimes,” said Governor Whitmer. “Fighting it will cause significant but temporary changes to our daily lives. By practicing social distancing and taking aggressive action now, the state is working to mitigate the spread of coronavirus so we reduce the risk that our health care system becomes overwhelmed. This is about saving lives. Michiganders are tough and we are going to get through this, but it will require everyone doing their part. That means making smart choices and not putting yourself or others at risk by going out in public unless it is absolutely necessary.”

“We need to move quickly to slow the spread of the virus and protect public health,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. “I realize these actions will present temporary changes to the way we live, but they are critical to help ensure our health care system is prepared to treat those who need the most urgent medical care.”

“This crisis will require business and labor working together to ensure that we are putting the best interests of Michiganders first in order to protect public health,” said Jeff Donofrio, Director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. “We understand that these decisions will impact the way we do business, but the decisions we make now will allow us to get our economy back on track sooner rather than later. We are putting measures in place to help protect the employers, employees, and individuals that will be impacted.”

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governors across the United States have begun implementing similar measures in their states, including Jay Inslee (D-WA), Charlie Baker (R-MA), and Tom Wolf (D-PA).

For current and up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.