Before Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered Ohioans to stay at home unless absolutely necessary, Jubie’s has regularly had a long line of cars at its drive through. Even after the order, Jubie’s owner Julie Domicone, said business is about where it normally would be this time of year, despite the coronavirus.
“I think it’s just kind of a little brightness in people’s day with all this uncertainty going on, which is really nice to see,” Domicone said. “We’re following all of the protocols and implementing extra things to make sure we’re as little of a risk as possible.”
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Jubie’s is operating on shortened winter hours, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day, and is drive-thru only until the coronavirus pandemic is over.
As bad as the situation might get, it’s not looking good for COVID-19 in its effort to take away all our simple pleasures. That applies to spring gardening and yard projects, too.
Sue Eckert, owner of Greive Hardware in Kettering, said Friday business was booming as people preparing to be stuck at home planned to make the most of it.
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“Everyone’s got a project, be it painting, plumbing, electrical. You name it,” she said.
But they still had to reduce their hours, she said, because her older workers are staying home for their safety and she doesn’t have enough staff to stay open normal hours.
“It’s mostly my young men,” she said of her young work crew. “They’re off school, so they love it.”
Popular items, she said, are yard materials such as topsoil, potting soil and mulch.
So may your spring gardening commence, your home projects be succesful and your ice cream reward be an extra large.