NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — COVID-19 has forced many businesses to shut down. However, one Nashville business owner has managed to stay afloat by getting creative.
SandBar Nashville owner Leah McCormick says this year has been a roller-coaster for business owners.
"The tornado was a lot. We were able to open a couple of days and had a benefit. We thought it was going to be our best season yet and then the pandemic hit," said McCormick.
SandBar Nashville is an outdoor bar and because of that her season usually runs from March to the end of September, but not this year.
"When you say business the answer to that is what business for this year because I haven't had a chance to open my doors or invite anyone to patio or have employees behind the bar," McCormick said.
The mom of three decided to get creative.
"I was having a tough day and trying to brainstorm how to get around the rules and outsmart pandemic," McCormick said. "One of the most popular items are these fruit pouches. People say they're like Capri Suns for adults."
That's how she came up with the idea to sell these fruit pouches and she delivers them to folks within 30 miles of downtown Nashville.
McCormick says they juice it all in-house and have flavors like pineapple-kiwi and pina colada.
They are non-alcoholic but McCormick says after people order them, she texts them a video of what alcohol goes best with what drink.
"The last thing I've ever imagined was to become Amazon and drive around Nashville but I felt that was my only option to survive," McCormick said.
What is the rebound?
As Middle Tennessee works to rebound from the impact of the Coronavirus, we want to help. Whether it's getting back to work, making ends meet during this uncertain time, or managing the pressure, we're committed to finding solution. In addition, we want to tell your stories of hope, inspiration, and creativity as Middle Tennessee starts to rebound.
Find more in the sections below
More Safely Back to School storiesHow schools are changing, and what you can do to help your child get the most from their education, in-person or virtual
Getting Back To WorkLearn about the latest job openings, how to file for benefits and succeed in the job market.
Making Ends MeetFind help on topics from rent to food to new belt-tightening techniques.
Managing the PressureFeeling isolated or frustrated? Learn ways to connect with people virtually, get counseling or manage your stress.
Doing What’s RightKeep track of the way people are spending your tax dollars and treating your community.
Keeping You SafeFrom schools to stores to restaurants, learn what’s being done to keep you safe.