The Gilded Rabbit: The Art of Coping with COVID-19
For many businesses on Stony Plain Road, the area and all over the city, there was a learning curve with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luckily, YEG businesses are quick to adapt and most are still able to serve their customers during this time. Take the Gilded Rabbit, for example, located at 10104 149 St. NW.
The Gilded Rabbit has been around since January of 2018. It was formerly a Colours Art location, that (now, owner) Marian Switzer had worked in for 10 years. When the owners approached her, told her that they were selling and asked her if she was interested her answer was, “yes!” She had already been looking at opening her own picture framing shop, so the timing was perfect!
With the emergence of COVID-19, the Gilded Rabbit has been taking the safety of both staff and customers very seriously. Even before non-essential business closures, they made sure to take extra precautions.
“Everything in the shop is very tactile and people like to, and in some cases, need to, touch the things they are buying,” states Switzer, “Now, with the closure of non-essential businesses mandated by the Government, we are not able to allow customers in the shop.”
However, closures haven’t stopped the Gilded Rabbit! They are now taking orders by the phone, on their website, and by email for curb-side pick-up. They are also offering home delivery on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for $5 in the Edmonton area and $10 within 10km outside of Edmonton. The delivery fee goes directly to the driver conducting the delivery.
Currently, the Gilded Rabbit’s website is only able to hold about a third of their inventor, so if there is something a customer is looking for, but doesn’t see online, they are encouraged to give the store a call!
All of the Gilded Rabbit’s art classes are currently postponed, but will be rescheduled once it is safe to do so.
“I know one of our instructors is working on doing some online classes, so once those are available we will be posting them on our website and Facebook page,” states Switzer.
The store has been staying in contact with customers through posting updated on their website as well as their Instagram and Facebook profiles. They also have a newsletter that they send out to subscribers, which customers can sign up for on their website. The Gilded Rabbit Facebook page has most of the “fun stuff” on it right now. There you can find fun facts, project ideas, new product announcements, links to other artists’ sites, and all other art related material!
While many are at home social distancing, Switzer has been encouraging people to start an art journal. Art making is an accessible and non-intimidating way to help process feelings of stress and anxiety that may be hard to verbalize – this is why adult colouring books were so popular a few years ago.
“COVID-19 will be a snippet of time that I’m sure all of us are looking forward to moving past, but I think most people will be glad they have something tangible they can look back to, says Switzer, “I’ve posted a few links on our Facebook page that have prompts and templates that can help with a starting point.”
If you’re a beginner or don’t know where to start with an art project, have no fear, the Gilded Rabbit is there to help. They have troubleshooted customer’s projects over Facebook Messenger, through email, and over the phone. If you’re looking for guidance or have questions they are still here for you!
In a closing statement, Switzer had this to say,
” Obviously as a small business owner, I am an advocate for buying local or from small businesses as much as possible, but it is now more important than ever. Most of us small businesses operate on small margins and I think most of us can honestly say we don’t go into this to become rich. We do it because we have a passion and we want to share that with our communities. We are the ones that take time to answer your questions and troubleshoot your problems. We know about your families, the excitement you have about an upcoming trip, or any trials you may be going through. We know your name. Many businesses are making it easy to support them during this time by offering curb-side pick-ups, delivery, and shipping, and I strongly urge everyone to take advantage of these services. It would be so sad if we come out the other side of this and have lost the things that make our communities unique and livable.”
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The Edmonton City Council has voted last week, to delay the BIA tax levy for BIA members. If your business is on the automated annual payment, it will probably have already been taken from your account. However, if you are on a monthly withdrawal for the BIA levy, you can call 311 and ask for a deferral until September 30, 2020. The April monthly payment, and the annual payment (if you were paying annually) cannot be refunded.
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The YEG Business World, After COVID-19: What can we Expect?
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How Can I Help My Community During COVID-19?
During this time it is important to stay connected with your community. This can be done in a variety of ways while still following the Alberta COVID-19 health orders!
- If you are able to, volunteer! This can be done locally by asking elderly and vulnerable neighbours if you can help them out in any way. In addition, the Government of Canada is working with provincial and territorial governments to respond to COVID-19. They are seeking volunteers to help in the following areas:
1. Case tracking and contact tracing;
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- Stay Connected! If you are not able to get out and volunteer, you can still stay connected with your friends, families and neighbours who may be struggling. Social distancing can be a lonely experience for many, even small gestures can make a big difference.
- Support local. Now, more than every we should be shopping and ordering local! So many businesses in the YEG area have adapted their businesses to be able to cater to customers during COVID-19 and we are lucky for that! You can see what businesses are still open for delivery, take-out and curbside pick-up at ‘Things that are open’ .
Which Restaurants in the Stony Plain Road & Area are Open for Delivery and Take-out?
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