French bakery Macaroon Boutique decided to shut down in early April, but decided to use this time to cheer on hospital staff with something sweet, owners Fabrice Rizzo and Fabienne Docco wrote to customers, “As our door is closed, we have decided to put all our energy to support doctors and nursing staff from Roper Hospital for the entire month of April. To give them some comfort, we are baking them our famous chocolate cookies with sea salt and our fresh assorted macarons.”
Pivot to hand sanitizer
In addition to all its other products, Charleston’s Firefly Distillery now also makes hand sanitizer. “We care deeply about those affected by COVID-19 and have been working with the community to help however we can by hosting a blood drive and local food trucks daily,” said Scott Newitt, co-owner of Firefly Distillery. “All the while, we have been hard at work to meet the increasing demand for hand sanitizer with a focus on first responders and the community at large. We are pleased to now be able to offer it starting this week.” The hand sanitizer is available to the public starting Friday, April 17, at 4201 Spruill Avenue, North Charleston.
Charleston-based beer company Island Brands put out a line of Share the Love merchandise to raise funds for servers, bartenders, kitchen staff, chefs and managers in the Southeast. They pledge 100% of the profits to the effort.