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Local businesses push ahead after regional stay-at-home order extension

Posted at 5:22 PM, Dec 29, 2020

Local business owners are sharing their plans after learning that the regional stay-at-home order will remain in effect.

"First of all, it's not surprising," said Patrick Lynch, Taco Temple San Luis Obispo General Manager. "Basically, our sales are down 40% but the take-out business has actually increased."

While there's no dine-in for the time being, take-out orders and curbside pickup are doing well despite the extra cost for paper goods. The Central Coast favorite has also pivoted to delivery.

"It's taken off. It's exploded. Delivery represents probably right around 30% of our overall sales at this point," Lynch said.

To free up phone lines, come Mid-January, the restaurant is going to offer online ordering.

"Even when this goes away and hopefully soon, it's going to be a really nice tool for us for sure," Lynch explained.

But businesses like salons that have been closed for the past several weeks, have been forced to resort to online retail sales or GoFundMe accounts.

"For us, that's what we've had to do," said Amy Maggipinto, Co-Owner of Kindred Collective Beauty. "It's not an easy thing to start a GoFundMe."

Maggipinto says they still owe back rent from the first shutdown so Tuesday's stay-at-home order extension is another blow.

"Holiday time is probably the busiest time for us so that was detrimental for our industry," Maggipinto said. "I've kind of become a little bit numb to it because I feel like they don't really care too much about our industry along with the restaurant industry."

Business owners in all sectors are encouraging the community to support local during this trying time.