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Why Small Businesses Matter in Fairfield (Reimagined): The Stand Vegan Cafe

Why Small Businesses Matter Reimagined

Small businesses matter - now more than ever. They are answering the call with innovation and determination like never before.

We hope you join us in supporting them by sharing their story far and wide and shopping local! We are thankful to Fairfield County Bank for their continued support and making this series possible.

Step inside The Stand - Vegan Cafe.

Three questions with Jenna J. McPartland, founder of The Stand. 

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What do you want the community to know? Are there ways for the community to help you and other local businesses to prosper?

Great question! First of all, know that we all WANT to be in business, and that means doing everything we can to keep you and our staff safe and healthy. We are not taking our decline in Covid-19 cases for granted; Rather, we are keeping up with all safety measures so that we can beat this long-term without another shutdown. Second, please wear a mask and wear it properly over your nose and mouth. Keeping the staff at your small businesses safe keeps those businesses open.

Are you offering any new products or ways for customers to purchase your products or services that are popular during this crisis?

We have made several adaptations along the way, including contactless service when requested, adding to our menu instead of reducing it, and staying open later instead of closing. We want to be here for you as much as we can be! Plus, serving up healthy, delicious plant foods is one great way to keep a body going. Special requests? Just call us. And, finally, we are paying it forward by making meals for the 60 clients at Feed My Sheep every Tuesday because we’re all in this together.

Are there certain individuals or organizations that supported you and your business through this trying time?

We couldn’t have made it through this without the help of so many. Some of these supporters are individuals, family members, friends, and long-time guests who purchased gift cards ordered take-out or plugged us on social media. A special shout-out goes to Harry’s Wines who has been supporting many local eateries by purchasing meals from them to be then be served at Operation Hope. What outstanding people! Plus, they have a great selection of Vegan wines and spirits!

Jenna J. McPartland would like to nominate Fit Club, located at the Sportsplex. "They immediately pivoted to doing online classes, supporting one another as the facility shut down, and have re-opened very carefully. Training at Fit Club is life-changing for anyone at any age or ability, and I’d really like to see them do well. Gyms have been hit hard, and these are some really terrific people who have lost a lot and now need a hand up."

The Stand Vegan Cafe is located at 85 Mill Plain Road in Fairfield. Visit The Stand Vegan Cafe online here.

HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!

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