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Downtown Chico is making it easier to eat and shop locally

Local businesses in downtown Chico are trying their best to stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis. Action News Now Christina Vitale explains how the city of Chico is making it easier to eat and shop locally.

Posted: Mar 27, 2020 4:58 PM

CHICO, Calif. – Local businesses in downtown Chico are trying their best to stay afloat during this crisis.

The downtown Chico business association started putting out barricades right outside of businesses. They’re acting as parking stations so cars can pull up and get their curbside to-go or pickup orders.

Sweet Chico Confections isn’t letting the crisis stop them from putting a smile on a child’s face or brightening someone’s day with a tasty treat. They’re still serving gelato.

Sweet Chico Confections Owner, Nancy Carlson even does virtual facetime shopping for customers who can’t come inside and they are still keeping up with their 13-year tradition of making Easter baskets.

“Moms are home with their kids and dads home with their children and the kids just want a treat and they're doing their homework and doing their school activities - we have little special goodie bags we makeup and moms can pick them up and give them to their kids...” said Carlson.

Action News Now spoke with Communications Director of DCBA, Katie Valenzuela.

“We're all about trying to flatten the curve but people still need to eat, get things for their kids to keep them busy while they’re not in school. So we're doing everything we can to follow state and national guidelines.”

Starting Friday, parking is free in downtown Chico. The restaurant crush is giving to-go lasagnas, both vegetarian and meat from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and all proceeds are 100% going back to their employees.

For a full list of businesses doing curbside, to-go and delivery orders, Click Here

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