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Promotional artwork for South Hill's new "From Our Doors To Yours" in-town delivery service / March 25, 2020
Restaurants and retail establishments across Mecklenburg County are open for business and hoping for public support during this pandemic. They are, for the most part, trying to maintain normal operations or find alternative ways for customers to access their products and services while being mindful of social distancing, and health and safety guidelines.

While you may not be able to enjoy restaurant service at your favorite dining spot, most restaurants are offering carryout or curbside pickup. An executive order by Gov. Ralph Northam allows these restaurants, assuming they hold proper licensing, to sell beer and wine along with the take-out meals.

Essential businesses that can remain open and do not need to limit the number of customers accessing the store at any given time include food stores, hardware and home improvement stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, gas stations and auto repair shops. Even though these stores are not covered by the Governor’s executive order of March 23, many are limiting their hours of operation. You may want to contact them before heading out.

The list below, while not all-inclusive, is the most up-to-date information about operations for our home-grown businesses who need our support in these stressful times.

Chase City

Colgate Square – owner MJ Colgate said on Tuesday he was closing the store “for a short while” for the safety of his employees, family and the community. Call him at (434) 210-2416, if you need him for any reason. He said he would reassess whether to reopen the store on Monday, March 30.

Chase City Produce – as an essential business, owner Trudy Robinette said the grocery business will remain open during regular hours, Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Chase City Subway – is open regular business hours but there is no dine-in service. Customers can order online at or by calling (434) 372-0355 for takeout service.

Hardees in Chase City – open for drive thru and takeout orders only

Richards Pharmacy – as an essential business, Richards Pharmacy will continue its regular business hours, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


Clarksville Furniture & Floor Covering is considered an essential business under the governor’s executive order and currently plans to remain open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m.-noon.

Hite’s Clothing – owner Dale Hite said he and his staff are limiting customer access to 10 people at a time and sanitizing public areas. He said for now the store is open regular hours, but that is subject to change. Visit online on or call (434) 374-5914 for hours or to arrange for curbside pickup of purchases.

Virginia Avenue Mall continues to be open regular business hours under Gov. Northam’s Brick & Mortar exception. Owner Barb Martin said, “We look forward to seeing you ... even if we can only have a limited number of customers in the Mall at one time.”

Cottage Barn has made a few changes to its daily routine to abide by the Governor’s orders: Store hours are now noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. They are also limiting store access to 10 patrons at one time, Food is available on a “to-go” basis only, and orders are being taken over the phone with curbside delivery or take out. You can also follow them at

Galleria on the Lake is open during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and owner Linda Davenport is following the Governor’s directive regarding sanitizing public surfaces and social distancing. You can also learn more about the shop online at

Clarksville restaurants including Bobbin’ Cork, Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern, Michelle’s Home Cooking, The Great Wall, Los Bandidos and The Lamplighter are offering curbside pickup or take-out service from their menus.

To find out the hours of operation, menu options or more information go to:

Bobbin’ Cork at or call (434) 374-2067.

Cooper’s Landing Inn and Traveler’s Tavern at or call (434) 374-2866

Los Bandidos Mexican restaurant, call (434) 374-2707

Michelle’s Homecooking Café at

Pizza Pub at call (434) 374-2080

The Great Wall at

The Lamplighter Restaurant and Candlelight Lounge at or call (434) 374-0230.

South Hill

Lundy Layne is also offering curbside and porch pickup for customers and accepting online payments as well as in person shopping.

Sass & Sawdust has closed its storefront for now, but is accepting and processing online orders and has curbside pick-ups on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. for custom orders and activity blanks that customers can finish at home. Sass & Sawdust is online at

Memory Makers has closed its store to in-person shoppers for now but is accepting and processing online orders and offering free shipping. Memory Makers products are found online at

Gavin’s House of Flowers is taking phone-in orders and making deliveries, but instead of hand-to-hand delivery the arrangements will be left “in a safe place” at the receiving address.

Most restaurants around South Hill are offering takeout service. To find out their hours of operation and menu options go online or call:

313 Franklin at or call (434)584-9382

Backdoor Bistro at or call (434) 584-9533

Brian’s Steakhouse at or call (434) 447-3169

Bringleton’s Coffee House at call (434) 584-9189

Busy Bee Southern Deli call (434) 584-9646

El Saucito Mexican Restaurant call (434) 447-2666

Hungary Farm call (434) 447-3145

Kahill’s on Facebook at kahills restaurant and pub or call (434) 447-6941

Luca’s Italian Restaurant or call (434) 447-3211

Los Cocos call (434) 447-2026

Panadería y Taquería La Regia call (434) 447-3304

Risin’ Smoke at call (434) 447-4994.

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