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‘Our Doors To Yours’ connects town businesses, customers

SoVaNow.com / March 25, 2020
The South Hill Chamber of Commerce and The Shops of South Hill have launched a new delivery service to boost local businesses and accommodate customers within South Hill town limits during the coronavirus emergency.

With many people staying at home to avoid exposure to the virus, small businesses are suffering. Sales have dried up and customer traffic has disappeared. To help alleviate the crisis and provide a valuable service to shoppers and shops alike, the free delivery service was created.

“From Our Door to Yours” is the brainchild of South Hill Chamber President Brentley Morris, who also works as Business Development Manager for the Town of South Hill. Morris proposed the idea to the boards of both the Chamber and the Shops of South Hill. Both entities agreed to devise a plan and implement the service beginning immediately.

“The ‘Our Doors to Yours’ program was implemented to keep revenue streams flowing for our businesses and to encourage people to stay home for their protection,” said Morris. “Both the South Hill Chamber of Commerce and Shops of South Hill board of directors are continuing to work behind the scenes on ideas to keep our community strong during this pandemic.

At present, 11 South Hill businesses have signed up to participate. Businesses currently enrolled include:

Trinity Custom Apparel (434-955-2258)

Memory Makers (434-447-6200)

Lundy Layne (434-584-9503)

313 Franklin Kitchen & Cocktails (434-584-9382)

Brian’s Steak House (434-447-3169)

Lost Treasures (434-774-8309)

Paint Plus and Lighting (434-584-9397)

Bringleton’s Coffee House 434-584-9189)

Sass & Sawdust (434-584-9520)

New 2 U Consignment (434-447-3349)

Gavins House of Flowers (434-447-3746)

To arrange deliveries, call the businesses first.

Other businesses interested in participating in the service are encouraged to contact Morris at (434) 774-4444 or by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or LaKisha Mitchell by email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Potential candidates should provide the business name, website, business hours, email address, and phone number. Local businesses must have the ability to accept payments over the phone or online as delivery drivers, who are volunteers, will not handle payments nor will they accept tips.

Upon receipt of an order for delivery the business will need to contact the delivery dispatcher at a number that will be provided. Once the call is received, a driver will be dispatched to the business to pick up the order and deliver it to the customer. The business owner and/or their staff will be responsible for giving the delivery driver the correct and appropriately packaged items and delivery addresses along with instructions as to where to leave products.

The idea is to maintain minimal human contact — therefore, the delivery driver will knock or ring the bell and leave the item in the prearranged location, such as a front door, porch, back door, etc. The driver will then report back to the dispatch center to await further deliveries.



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