Rebound Indiana: Grant money from Noblesville aiding businesses

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Posted at 8:15 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 20:15:29-04

NOBLESVILLE — Moonshot Games' storefront on the square in Noblesville sits empty. It's been that way for more than a month.

"We are hustling trying to do the best we can," Jayson Manship, owner of Moonshot Games, said. "We have launched an e-commerce store so we're running everything out of my garage."

After operating online for more than a month, Manship said the business is starting to have some success as they deliver games throughout the Noblesville area.

"It has just been wild seeing all the people in Noblesville that are excited," Manship said.

In order to keep up, Manship moved his store manager into his home, where he's been staying in the guest room for the last five weeks. With grant money from the Noblesville Small Business Resilience Grant Program, he's also been able to hire back another full-time employee and two part-time employees that are focused on delivery.

"We are holding part of it until we get back in the shop so we can bring more people back," Manship said. "We don't know what new normal looks like on the other side of this. No idea if people will want to come into a game store and sit and play games. I hope, I think they will."

Once Moonshot is able to open back up, Manship said he is alread thinking ahead to safety precautions he can take to keep both customers and employees safe.

"We've been working really hard to game plan for that. We bought some air purification machines," Manship said. "We are working on some touchless options. We bought some stanchions today to do some crowd control stuff so we're really thinking through all of that but honestly we just don't know."

At a minimum, Moonshot will need to space out tables and chairs, Manship said. He also expects delivery to continue even after the store opens back up.

"We really want to cater to the folks that don't feel like leaving their house after the government says it's OK," Manship said. "We want to be a safe place to come if you do feel like leaving your house."

Moonshot has expanded their delivery zone and is now delivering games to Indianapolis and surrounding areas, including Carmel, Zionsville and Fishers.