MOOSIC, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — One local business in Lackawanna County has its doors closed for the season, but is allowing other businesses to use their space.
It’s the first day that Rowlands Produce and Beta Bread Bakery are setting up and open to the public, but their normal location isn’t as normal.
Instead, the Ski Shack in Moosic is currently closed for the summer season, but has offered these two businesses the space to run their operations.
“This parking lot sits empty really the whole summer, and when all this covid stuff happened, i just thought, ‘how can i as a local business help somebody else that is maybe having a harder time than i am?” said Melissa Roberts, owner of the Ski Shack.
Knowing that Rowlands Produce has lost nearly 90 percent of their clientele from their main restaurant: ‘The Wandering Hen’, Roberts says she wanted to help their produce business during this struggling time.
“They went from commercial focus model to a consumer one and I said, ‘hey guys, I’ve got this parking lot here and it’s a great location, why don’t you just take it?” said Roberts.
We spoke to the owner of Rowlands Produce, Bill Banata, who tells Eyewitness News he greatly appreciates Roberts’ offer.
Kathleen McGinn and Paulette Day are frequent customers of these businesses, so they were pleased to hear they had a temporary summer location to shop at.
“I think it’s great. They want to keep them in business, so you have to support them, you have to show up,” said McGinn of Scranton.
“I think people really are stepping up to the plate and trying to help each other and i think that’s the most important thing we can do right now,” said Day of Scranton.
The Beta Bread Bakery and Rowlands Produce will be selling their products at the Ski Shack location every Friday this summer from 10 a-m to 2 p-m.