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Small Business Spotlights!

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Soft Intelligence would like to spotlight some of the small businesses that remain open, providing communities with the essential services we all need. Scroll down to see what companies are still open, or open online for in-store or curbside pickup or local delivery, for you and your community.

We are all in this together. Let’s support small businesses and keep our communities strong!

ArkansasGeorgiaMassachusettsMississippiNew YorkRhode IslandTennesseeWisconsin
*Quality Farm Good
*Burge’s Boots
*Blakely Feed & Seed
*Cudos2u
*Randy’s Perennials and Water Garden
*You-Do-It Electronics *Delta Blue Museums
*Ultimate Gifts
*Wholesale Nutrition
*Impressions of Saratoga and The Dark Horse Mercantile
*Tom’s Hardware & Feed
* Rumford Pet Center*Agri Feed Pet Supply
* Bliss Home
*Bliss * Tori Mason Shoes
*Cheers Wine and Liquor
*Elliot’s Boots
*IWC Cash and Carry
* Tabby & Jack’s Supplies and Holistic Service
*Valley Wine and Spirits
*Visit Knoxville Visitors Center
*Tabby & Jack’s Supplies and Holistic Services
*Vanderloop Shoes, Inc.


To learn more about each business please select a state below:

Arkansas

Burge’s Boots

  • Blytheville, AR
  • Steel Toe and Metguard Boots
  • Online and In-Store

Quality Farm Supply

  • Jonesboro and Trumann, AR
  • Farm Supplies & Hardware
  • Shop: open for in-store with additional sanitizing measures in place for employees and customers safety
    • Jonesboro ( Mon-Fri: 7-5:30, Sat 7:00-12:00)
    • Trumann (Mon-Fri: 7-5:30,Sat 7:00-4:00, Sun 10:00-4:00)

Georgia

Blakely Feed & Seed

  • Blakely, GA
  • Sporting Goods, Yard, and Garden, and Animal Supplies
  • Shop: In-store, Call/Text Order, or email
    • Store limit to 2 customers at a time: Mon-Fri 8 am-6 pm and Sat 8 am-2 pm
    • Call: (229)723-3154
    • Text: (229)309-5099
    • Email: blakelyfeed@yahoo.com
  • “At this time our hours remain M-F 8-6 and Sat 8-2. We continue with our personal service to our customers – offering to load every purchase. Feel free to call (229-723-3154), text (229-309-5099), or email (blakelyfeed@yahoo.com) us for any of your needs. Follow us on Facebook (Blakely Feed and Seed) for specials – and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel (Blakely Feed & Seed)!”- Message from Blakely Feed & Seed

Cudos2u

  • Evans. GA
  • Gift Boutique
  • Shop: Online
    • Delivery
    • Curbside Pickup
  • “You can shop online at www.shopcudos2u.com, call for an appointment for a private shopping experience 706-504-4500 (just leave a message and we will get back to you quickly), or call for a virtual shopping experience.  We are offering free shipping for orders over 25.00 and we also have curbside pick up or free local delivery.”- Message from Cudos2u

Randy’s Perennials and Water Garden

  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Independent Garden Center
  • Shop: In-Store, Phone or Email
    • In-Store: Tues – Sat 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM;  Sunday and Monday – Closed
    • Call: (770)822-0676
    • Email: randysnursery@gmail.com
  • “According to the Georgia Stay-At-Home Order, Randy’s is designated as an essential business and is permitted to stay open.  We are following the CDC guidelines for cleaning, social distancing, and monitoring employees for sickness. We value your safety and that of our employees.  Due to a record number of guests coming to the nursery over the last few weeks we have decided to close both Sundays and Mondays for everyone’s safety.  Mondays we will be open for taking orders over the phone or via email and making deliveries only.  We will be closed to guests visiting the garden center. We encourage you to call or email with your purchase requests.  Most of the time we are able to deliver your order later the same day or the next morning.  No charge for deliveries over $25 within a 15-mile radius.”- A Message from Randy’s Perennials & Water Gardens

Massachusetts

You-Do-It Electronics

  • Needham, MA
  • Electronics Company
  • Shop: Online and by phone
  • You-do-it Electronics Center is a long established professional electronics specialty firm complete with name brand electronic equipment and supplies. Check out our website www.youdoitelectronics.com for the vast selection of products we sell. Our buying power gives you better prices without sacrificing quality. You’ll get professional service from our knowledgeable staff. Our company has served millions of satisfied customers.”- A Message from You-Do-IT Electronics

Mississippi

Delta Blues Museum

  • Clarksdale, MS
  • Tourism, Travel, and Specialty Retail
  • Shop: Online
  • “Dear Delta Blues Museum Supporters, As we continue to practice social distancing and incorporate other recommended changes to our daily lives, it is important to find ways to still connect to each other. Music is one of them. The power of music – especially the blues – is amazing. Blues music is a product of a resilient people, and we need to draw on this strength. Although we have temporarily closed our gallery and suspended our Arts & Education classes, we are working to provide digital experiences for those who wish to visit the museum. Virtual visitors may access our Explore and Learn Features that provide in-depth information on artists and subjects in our gallery. This year, we will celebrate “Muddy Waters Month” a little differently: We are currently working on a brand-new virtual tour to compliment our “Follow Muddy” Explore and Learn feature. We will be ramping up our social media outreach, as well. As we navigate these unchartered waters, Delta Blues Museum is proceeding with a focus on employee and visitor safety and security. We are also aware that the myriad effects from this global economic volatility will dramatically impact the Museum and Clarksdale, just as it will other businesses, towns, and cities. While we are physically closed to the public, Museum staff continues planning for future programs, exhibits, and activities that focus on the contributions of the incredibly resilient men and women who created art that forever impacted all genres of music. I’m reminded of an anecdote from Blues & Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer: After a recording session for R.L. Burnside’s Too Bad Jim, Robert Palmer attempted to describe “the blues” this way, “Rarely have chaos and uncertainty been so listenable; and I’ll almost certainly be listening for the rest of my life.” In recent days, I have found myself taking comfort in Big Bill Broonzy’s ‘Pneumonia Blues (I Keep on Achin’)’, Blind Lemon Jefferson’s ‘Pneumonia Blues’, and Ace Johnson’s ”Influenza” as well as Muddy Waters’ “Tough Times” and John Lee Hooker’s “Hard Times”. So, I encourage you to listen to music–maybe go through our collection of 78’s, check out one of our podcasts, or perhaps order an album and draw upon the power of the blues to get us through. Please be well, and stay safe.” – A Message from Shelley Ritter on Behalf of Delta Blues Museum

Ultimate Gifts

  • Southhaven, MS
  • Gift Shop
  • Shop: Facebook, Instagram, or Phone
    • Facebook: Message with Order
    • Instagram: Direct Message with order
    • Phone: (662)349-2717
  • “Let us help you find the Ultimate gift for someone special in your life!” – A Message from Ultimate Gifts

Wholesale Nutrition

  • Southhaven, MS
  • Nutrition Store
  • Shop: In-Store
    • Mon-Fri 8 am – 8 pm and Sat 8 am – 6 pm
  • “We love our customers, but during this time we are practicing social distancing to protect ourselves and you! Also, to comply with our Mayor’s requirements, we can only have 10 people in the store at a time including employees, so you may have a short wait outside!”- A Message from Wholesale Nutrition

New York

Impressions of Saratoga and The Dark Horse Mercantile

  • Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Gift Shop
  • Shop: Curbside, Online, local delivery, and Porch Packages
  •  “We are at the store 10-2 every day taking orders over the phone 518-587-0666 and we have an online store ImpressionsSaratoga.com Check out our new Porch Packages at SaratogaPorchPackages.com”- A Message from Impressions of Saratoga and The Dark Horse Mercantile

Tom’s Hardware & Feed Inc.

  • Waverly, NY
  • Hardware and Feed Store
  • Shop: In-Store or Call-in
    • In-Store: Mon-Fri 7:00 am- 6:00 pm, Sat 8:00 am- 4:00 pm
    • Call: (607)565-2736

Rhode Island

Rumford Pet Center

  • Locations across Rhode Island
  • Pet Supplies
  • Shop: In-Store, Online, and Curbside
  • ” Our staff and stores are practicing all safe practices and cleaning methods recommended by the CDC.” – A Message from Rumford Pet Center

Tennessee

Agri Feed Pet Supply

  • Knoxville, TN
  • pet food, farm feed, and all supplies, wild bird, English Equestrian apparel and footwear and related gift items
  • Shop: Online, Curbside, and drive-thru

Bliss Home

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Furniture and Home Decor
  • Shop: Online
  • “Thank you so much for supporting our small business during this time. We hope everyone is safe and well and we look forward to seeing everyone in person soon. “- A Message from Bliss Home

Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

  • Knoxville, TN
    Women’s Clothing, Shoes, and Gifts
  • Shop: Online
  • “Thank you so much for supporting our small business during this time. We hope everyone is safe and well and we look forward to seeing everyone in person soon.”- A Message from Bliss & Tori Mason Shoes

Cheers Wine and Spirits

  • Collierville, TN
  • Wine, Spirits, and Beer
  • Shop: Curbside Pickup, in-store limit of 3 customers
    • In-Store: Mon-Sat 10 am- 8 pm

Elliot’s Boots

  • Locations across Tennessee
  • Footwear
  • Shop: In-Store, Online with free shipping or exchanges or Curbside Pickup
  • “Elliott’s retail stores remain open during these trying times to service essential employees from industrial workers to healthcare professionals and first responders with their footwear needs. We want to extend a huge thank you to these workers who are on the front lines of this pandemic. For non-essential workers looking to shop small, we also offer a variety of outdoor, western, and casual boots and sandals from quality brands both in our retail stores and on our eCommerce sites.” – A Message from Elliot’s Boots

IWC Cash and Carry

  • Cookeville, TN
  • Food Service and Retail
  • Shop: In-Store
    • Opened Mon-Sat 8 am- 6 pm
  • “Broad-line Food Distributor and Retail store open to the public” – A Message from IWC Cash and Carry

Lit Jr

  • Locations across Tennessee
  • Grocery
  • Shop: In-Store
    • Regular operating hours at all locations
  • “We have all of your essential needs from groceries, paper goods, & cleaning supplies.” – A Message from Lit Jr

Valley Wine & Spirits

  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Wine and Spirits
  • Shop: In-Store and Curbside
    • In-Store: Mon-Sat 8 am- 8 pm and Sun 12 pm- 6 pm
    • Phone Number: (423)821-6842

Visit Knoxville Visitors Center

  • Knoxville, TN
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Shop: Online
  • “Knoxville truly is a nature-loving-adventure-seeking-artsy-kinda-town, but for now we’re also a physically-separated-yet-socially-connected-life-loving community. We look forward to the day we can welcome you here in person. Stay Well!” – A Message from Visit Knoxville Visitors Center

Wisconsin

Tabby & Jack’s Supplies and Holistic Services

Vanderloop Shoes, Inc.