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Local business owner adapts, adjusts to survive pandemic

Urging customers to shop local ahead of Christmas
Posted at 11:46 PM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 23:47:01-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Like all of us, life changed in March for Amanda Devary and her staff at Turchetti's in Fountain Sqaure. Before the pandemic Devary's businesses, which sit next door to each other, were all thriving. But as the pandemic arrived, the market, deli, and sit-down bar and restaurant were all converted to a curbside pickup and delivery service.

"If we hadn't made those changes, I don't know what would've happened to our market, because connecting the dots safely to keep our doors open was all about having the curbside pickup available," Devary said.

Devary's wholesale meat production facility which supplies a number of area restaurants, was the main thing keeping her business afloat through the darkest days of the year. That's when she had to let half of her staff go. Today, her staff is back up to 20 and that's only possible thanks to the community that supports her small business.

"We relied on regulars. This neighborhood is really, really good to us. We have a lot of families and young professionals and they would come see us maybe three times a week, or I would see the same faces every day," Devary said.

Devary is urging Hoosiers to shop small and shop local this holiday season. That's why she's made it easier to order hot food that's ready to go, or order freshly cut meats online that are delivered right to your front door. She says every purchase is keeping a business open and employees working.

"It is truly how you can save your community right now. It's really hard for the holiday season to have employees that can't rely on paycheck. So, I'm looking around at my neighbors that they make it through to spring so we can all rise up together again," Devary said.

You can get a look at all of Turchetti's offerings online, at: https://www.turchettis.com/