“Snohomish Delivers” helps virus-wary shop local
SNOHOMISH — The town now has a delivery service for local merchandise.
It’s called “Snohomish Delivers,” and here’s how it works: You find a merchant on www.virtualsnohomish.com, buy something from a merchant, and if you live close to town, you can arrange to have it brought to you for free.
This excludes food. City economic development manager Wendy Poischbeg explained that restaurants already have Grubhub and similar companies.
The delivery program launched last week and serves people in the 98290 and 98296 ZIP codes. If it’s more convenient, you can have something delivered to your workplace in Snohomish. The service is a joint effort between the city and the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce.
Sarah Dylan Jensen, who runs the Snohomish farmers market, is the driver. Federal CARES Act money from the county is funding the program.
The program is open to every Snohomish retailer to get deliveries made, Poischbeg said.
The service “eliminates the barrier of shopping locally if concerned about leaving home because of COVID-19,” Poischbeg said.
In late July, the city set up cano- pies for multiple restaurants on First Street to create outdoor dining spaces. These were rentals being paid for with federal CARES Act dollars which concluded at the end of the year.
The canopies seen on First Street today are owned or being rented by the restaurants.
Until state virus safety rules loosen, outdoors is the only way to legally provide dining service.
Retailers have said they want the restaurants active because this brings foot traffic to First Street, Poischbeg said.
If new money comes from the Legislature, the city might opt to set up a grant program to help local restaurants buy their own canopy, Poischbeg said.
In Carnegie news
The fence around the Carnegie Building at First and Cedar was taken down last week. There is still some work going on inside.
The redone Carnegie is not going to receive a grand opening at the moment because of COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, Poischbeg said.
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