HEALDSBURG BUSINESSES CONTINUE TO ADAPT
After more than 100 days of shutdown related to the global pandemic, businesses in Sonoma County continue to adapt to our new reality. Earlier this summer, some businesses were given the green light to reopen. In Healdsburg, for instance, many restaurants with patios are now serving meals outside. While the county technically is still under “shelter-in-place” orders, this move provides options for locals, day-trippers and visitors from elsewhere in the region. Here’s a rundown of a few opportunities about which we’re excited these days.
Duke’s Spirited Cocktails, the award-winning craft cocktail bar on the Healdsburg Plaza, last month rolled out canned versions of some of its most popular cocktails, including the house old-fashioned, and the Fool’s Paradise, a tequila drink. Cans are available for take-away purchase; each holds two cocktails. Dukes is also giving customers two big square ice cubes with every can.
Healdsburg Running Company is now serving the local running community in two distinct ways. First, the shop is open for individual shoppers, so long as shoppers wear masks. Second, employees are offering concierge shopping service through which they shop for customers by text or phone, then hand-deliver the purchases (to Healdsburg and surrounding areas only).
Some of the city’s favorite independent coffee shops reopened over the last few weeks. Plank, on the corner of Grove Street and Dry Creek Avenue, opened for take-away service only and is offering online ordering. Flying Goat Coffee, which has two shops in Healdsburg, opened its outpost next to The Raven Film Center for take-away as well. (Flying Goat coffee is pictured below.)
Willi’s Seafood & Raw Bar, one of two Stark Reality Restaurant destinations in Healdsburg, rolled out a new menu item during the pandemic: A fresh Dungeness crab roll. It’s made like a traditional lobster roll, only with fresh crab. And it’s delicious. The rolls are available for dining on the Willi’s patio, and for take-out meals.