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SandBar Nashville gets creative in order to stay afloat during pandemic

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Posted at 6:57 PM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 09:03:12-04

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.

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