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Keep ME Open: Valentine Footwear

As our Keep ME Open series continues, we go window shopping in downtown Bangor.

BANGOR, Maine — For many small businesses, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge.

"And challenging doesn't even capture it," Deb Neuman from the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce said.

She added many businesses are getting creative, including Valentine Footwear.

"Operating a small business during a pandemic is definitely not something I had in my business plan," the store's owner, Summer Allen said.

Allen said this is difficult, but she has enjoyed the opportunity to think outside the box.

She said she's utilizing social media like Facebook Live, and it's helped her attract new customers.

And like many businesses, "curbside pickup... that's not gonna go away. who doesn't love curbside pickup?" she said.

Neuman agreed.

"Now businesses that offered curbside pickup out of necessity are seeing the benefit of continuing to offer that."

As COVID-19 restrictions ease, businesses like Valentine are opening up, but for a different kind of experience.

"We're not open for browsing. It has to be purposeful shopping," Allen said.

She added people who are coming in for appointments are looking for something particular. 

At NEWS CENTER Maine, we’re focusing our news coverage on the facts and not the fear around the illness. To see our full coverage, visit our coronavirus section, here: /coronavirus

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