Support for local small businesses is keeping the community strong.
Local small businesses are feeling the sting of being forced to close their doors to patrons and lay off their workers. Fortunately, some options remain available to help everyone get through this crisis a little less worse for wear. Many employers are filing for government loans/grants to keep workers on payroll and rent paid, and those lucky enough to have successfully completed the process (even the experts are having trouble figuring it out) might be able to hang on a little longer. Either way, supporting local small businesses during this time is something that makes our community stronger.
Restaurants are offering delivery, where they hadn’t before, and other businesses are responding by taking their wares and services online.
Dave’s Running Shop is one of these businesses heavily invested in the community and evolving to be able to serve patrons with many new online tools. While www.davesrunning.com has sold running shoes online for years, the shop has been adding many other running shoes, lifestyle footwear, insoles, t-shirts, and other apparel to the website over the past weeks. Delivery is free on all orders over $75, and staff is shipping them out daily.
We’re also available to consult shoppers by phone from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. This service has been heavily utilized by the public and has helped many individuals find the right fit and fill insole prescriptions.
Personalized fitting process over videoconferencing.
In mid-April, Dave’s Running Shop began offering virtual fittings to provide the public with the in-depth, personalized fitting process we’ve been known for since 1973.
Here’s how it works:
1. Schedule a virtual fitting online.
2. Check email for confirmation.
3. Install the zoom.us app on an internet-connected device with a camera.
4. Be ready to adjust the camera so we can see you walking.
5. Accept the Zoom app call from us during your fitting window.
6. A staff member will greet you and get you fitted properly.
7. Place your order with staff or online at www.davesrunning.com.
8. We’ll process your order for delivery or drive-up pickup.
Place your order and drive up to the nearest location to pick it up.
After you place your order during your virtual fitting, by calling in to one of the four Dave’s Running Shop locations between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, or by processing it online at www.davesrunning.com, it’ll be shipped to you within three to six days.
Alternatively, we’ve set up the option to receive notification when the order is ready and drive up to the front of the store for pickup. Upon arriving at the store, there will be a sign with instructions on how to notify us of your presence. Since no one will be able to enter the store, you’ll let us know when you’re there and we’ll bring your order out to you.
Virtual races and online training
Free and open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities.
Join the Dave’s Facebook Group and join the Dave’s Strava Club. Even though all of the spring races and events have been cancelled or postponed, Northwest Ohio will get through this crisis and be running/walking the 419 region together again soon. When the government restrictions are lifted, what will there be to look forward to? A lot! The running community here is vibrant and active, so it won’t be difficult to find others to engage with if you look in the right places.
Make a new race your goal race, and keep training. A current season calendar is available at www.DavesRaces.com. Whether you want to walk your first 5K or set a personal record (PR) at a half marathon, there will be several of these opportunities once we can all congregate as a group again. Mark summer events on your calendar, and be ready to hit the ground running soon by keeping moving now.