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Innovation Through COVID-19 Nominees

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—Voting starts Sunday, November 15th at 9:00 AM until Saturday, November 28th at 11:59 PM—


Cedar Ridge Greenhouses – St. Benedict
“…worked very hard on learning how to create a website and get it up and running very quickly so they could provide products to their customers in a safe and timely manner”. “Started an on-line store so people could place their flower and custom-made baskets”.


Cottage Boutique – Humboldt
“…didn’t cut hours, worked hard on taking photos of store items and did curb side pick up, in town and out of town deliveries for no extra charge.”


Designer Styles Salon & Giftware– Humboldt
“During the mandatory shut down period they provided delivery and in town pick up as well as providing product and instructions for clients to use at home.” “….used creative advertising and marketing.”“…deliveries became available, take home hair kits, online videos…”. “Had stylists create short education videos about products to provide knowledge to our clients and promote what the salon has to offer”. “Created guessing games on social media….with a chance to win prizes”. “Held flash sales…”. “Offered curbside pickup or socially distanced door drop off delivery”. “…online shopping page for clients to shop…”. “Held live video game night for some online laughs…”. “…suppliers sent us gifts for our front line workers….Colleen delivered these gifts”.  


Diamonds of Detroit – Humboldt
“…created + implemented an online shop, where customers can browse, shop and check out online to then continue serving their customers.”


Dog House Spin Studio – Lanigan
“…rent one of the 10 bikes monthly to have at home… including spin shoes and a set of weights. Katelynn then downloaded some videos of herself leading a workout for us to follow.  Next, she came up with the idea to have live videos on Facebook.  We could tune in live to workout along with her.  If it didn’t work to join in the live video the class was always there…on Facebook”.


Free Spirit Market – Humboldt
“…curbside pickup of specialty coffee.  In addition, the store featured feel-good gifts such as succulents, and …promote items suitable for spring gift giving season”.  “…online posting of store offerings and special purchase & delivery arrangements to curb side product pickup to make at home crafting kits to speciality coffee…”


Friesen’s Bigway – Rosthern
“…altered hours to assist staff in the extra cleaning required, ….augment their existing delivery service…” “…bumped their staff’s regular wage…to show their appreciation as staff was working evening hours to accommodate restocking of shelves.” “…staff received extra training on how to handle situations that arose.”  “…purchased suppers for late night stockings and bringing in coffee from the local coffee shop to show their appreciation.”  “...Facebook messenger and email for grocery orders.”


Good Habits Market – Rosthern
“…adapted for take out orders…”  “…staff adapted from all in person service …to going completely online and on the phone, taking and filling orders over the phone for curbside pickup.” “…encouraging use of PPE…” “she supplied limited outdoor seating…”


Greek Palace – Junction of Highway 2 and 5
“…renovations in their restaurant and created one-way paths to direct customers in and out.”  “…redid the menu to include items that were easy to eat in a vehicle”.


Grey Barn Handwerk – St. Gregor
“…launched a whole new product line, which was available to be shipped worldwide”.  “…offer curbside/no contact pick up…” “…increase her presence … via Facebook online…”


Harvest Time Eatery – Watson
“…owner changed the menu…added canning and home made meals to take home and heat yourself…” “Constantly doing canned foods for families that need quick meals, but also for people to have food in their pantries…even if they can’t get out to the grocery stores.”  “Started making frozen meals for farmers, families and truckers.”


Haus of Stitches – Humboldt
“…continued to supply all needs of their customers via curb side, mail out of purchases & implemented on-line store”.  “…procure PEP, sanitize & cleaning stock…”


Kings Chicken & Pizza - Rosthern
“…a new door was fabricated with a drop-down counter to facilitate walk up and call ahead ordering.  A doorbell was installed so you could ring for service and the debit/credit machine was altered to accommodate this new set up as well as extra sanitizing”.  “…when the cold weather started, Leonard altered his front door…creating a small foyer so one customer can walk in the door but then there is immediately the next door with the drop down counter so you can pick up your order and pay in a warm spot”.  “Staff never had to come into contact with the public”.  “…accommodate deliveries….” “…social media advertising to make ordering ahead very easy”.


Mint Dental  – Lanigan
“In order to carry on business, with a focus on keeping customers safe, they've put up sheets of plastic with zippers and have installed air-exchangers in each station.”


Muenster Hotel - Muenster
“Started curbside and home delivery of food and beverage items” “sold meal packages through local media sales portal” “provided physical distanced ride service” “installed touchless sanitizing dispensers…” “installed touchless pay system (tap capable)…” “initiated social media advertising with menu listings and updates”


Mary Ellen’s Physiotherapy - Rosthern
“She switched her practice to online meetings…” “…assisted them with their therapies through virtual platforms”. “…accommodated those who felt more comfortable continuing online appointments, creating a multi platform environment”. 


Pure Essence Laser Hair Removal – Humboldt
“…large social media presence and responsiveness, very mindful of sanitization of work surfaces…” “…gift certificates”


Rosthern Pharmacy/Friesen Drug (1994) Ltd.– Rosthern
“…revamped their day to day to immediately accommodate door side/curbside pick up” “With the unique situation of having multiple buildings, the owners worked to create staff bubbles and eliminate crossover…” “…implemented rotating shifts to keep their staff healthy that included having a week off at a time” “At the peak of Covid those shifts were altered to give staff 2 weeks off to accommodate any possible required isolation” “Plexi glass guards were installed” “…deliveries of prescriptions through the town free of charge”


Steve’s Barber Shop – Wakaw
“…revamped the delivery of service from strictly walk-in to appointment…” “enhanced cleaning between clients” “spacing out clients farther” “ensuring that PPE is always wore”


Manitou Hotel/ TB’s Bar and Grill - Watrous
“…kept some of his staff working by starting an online grocery business” “…was able to order almost anything people requested.  Even yeast when no one else could get any”


Tree House Treasures – St. Benedict
“…took advantage of technology and Facebook… taking pictures of her merchandise for pick-up.”


Twisted Tails Bar & Grill – Englefeld
“Offered different methods of payment for customers” “Delivered more food to locals and also out to their car” “…outdoor seating for customers.” “Brought in soft & hard ice cream, slush machine and endless family take out meal options.” “Social media was used much more … to advertise and take orders.”  

 

 

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