Park City Businesses Weathering Storm with Unique Strategies

Main Street restaurants and merchants are still open for business. No, not in the traditional sense. The spread of novel coronavirus has upended life all over the world, damaging economies and sending unemployment skyrocketing, and Park City’s not immune. In fact, with the city projecting a nearly $4 million budget shortfall, the town’s largest employers—the ski resorts—furloughing most employees and tourism-dependent businesses shuttering midseason, Park City is faced with uniquely damaging economic circumstances during this crisis. Nevertheless, area businesses are using innovative strategies to weather the storm while continuing to serve the economy.

“Business owners in Park City’s historic district were innovators long before COVID-19 interrupted day-to-day operations,” says Alison Kuhlow, Historic Park City Alliance Executive Director. “Many of our merchants have re-imagined their business models overnight and continue to serve members of the Park City community and beyond through online sales, pick-up and delivery service, personal shopping services, and creative customer interactions.”

Restaurants have shifted their business models to focus on takeout and delivery. While the transformation may not seem drastic for pizza restaurants like Davanza’s and Red Banjo—both of which are offering curbside pick-up and delivery—traditional dine-in establishments have followed suit. 501 on Main has made their menu available for carryout from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from Thursday to Sunday. Harvest is open for curbside pickup and is offering “Abundance Boxes” with fresh fruits and vegetables, free range eggs and bacon for pickup on Thursdays, while tupelo is serving up family-style supper combinations for no-contact doorstep delivery Friday through Sunday.

Art Galleries are adapting to the times as well. Artworks Gallery has made select works available for online purchase. Create PC is launching a new web platform to teach digital art classes and host virtual art parties in addition to supporting online sales. Terzian Galleries is holding weekly online auctions with one-of-a-kind pieces from their artists.

Specialty shops are following suit with stores like Dugins West and Dolly’s Bookstore offering phone sales for delivery or pick-up. Old Town Cellars is keeping us well lubricated during isolation with curbside wine sales. The Paint Mixer is delivering to-go kits so you can recreate their creative experiences in your own home. Alpine Distilling has even shifted from making liquor to producing hand sanitizer for local first responders.

A complete listing of open business, services and hours of operation in Park City can be viewed on the Community Bulletin Board. See which of your favorite businesses are still working away, and take the opportunity to support them when you can. You deserve to take a day off cooking or get something new to hang on the wall if you’re going to be stuck inside.

Tony Gill
Tony Gill
Tony Gill is the outdoor and Park City editor for Salt Lake Magazine and previously toiled as editor-in-chief of Telemark Skier Magazine. Most of his time ignoring emails is spent aboard an under-geared single-speed on the trails above his home.

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