Trevor Scott and Heather Jones
Sylvan Lake, AB
With the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 still being top of mind for everyone, we'd like to share how one Sylvan Lake business is changing, persevering and adapting.
Speaking with Heather Jones, co-owner of Lodge 43, she had this to say about adapting to the changes as a business and as a community, " As COVID shut down many businesses, we adapted by looking closely at our community and the needs of our neighbours. In a terrifying and unknown time, people needed comfort in both food and home.
Business wise, we adapted by changing our hours to dinner time only, offering more comfort food and family sized portions and starting curbside pickup and delivery. Community wise, we started a breakfast program to provide for those students who no longer had their School breakfast program to rely on. We had an enormous amount of support from other local businesses, churches and even B94 radio out of Rocky Mountain House.
Going forward, I think people have realized that their spending choices really do have an impact. Locally owned businesses need YOU, not only for survival but for employing your neighbours. We have 12 staff and every late night brainstorming was with them in mind, we have to come back from this! That's 12 families needing us, and when exhaustion would come, knowing our staff needed us to be strong was enough to wake up again and push forward. We were lucky enough to have every single team member come back to us.
Our actions make us better people. Better people make a stronger community."