"In short, the pandemic has completely and irrevocably impacted our business. We had to lay-off 77 staff, a ⅓ of whom have been with us for 8+ years. We are missing our 500+ guests every week. We had to completely close-up, unable to sustain on carry-out business alone. We are coming back, but we won’t be the same. Likely no restaurant or business will be, nor can we expect to be." Julie Stanley, @food_dance
before it became a trend in our society to eat locally, Food Dance owner Julie Stanley found that shopping at the Farmers Markets made the food she was cooking taste better. At Food Dance she's found the same rings true. For over 25 years, Food Dance has been committed to helping build and to being a part of the thriving local food system. For Julie, it’s about the connection with the people and places their food comes from AND the people they're serving it to. With the onset of the pandemic, "I think 25 years allows me to know people want to come to Food Dance, but there’s always doubt and risk in any entrepreneur's head. Sometimes up-close and lost in all the details it can feel too hard and too much, quite frankly," Julie said. "I find hope in the ways I see our team and the community connecting and helping each other despite the barriers. I’ve individually reached out to many staff, the staff have been supporting each other and helping, too. We haven’t stopped connecting through food, we’ve just been forced to find an alternate route." As Julie navigates Food Dance's reopening, she asks the community for their grace and support. There will be changes (though what those look like exactly are yet to be determined), but Food Dance will not change our values when it comes to how they source, prepare or serve food to the community. 👆 Local downtown businesses need the community's support now more than ever - click "Support Downtown" in the bio link for ways you can help during this time. 👆 Are you a downtown business who wants to tell your story? We want to hear it. Click "Business Stories" in the bio link to share your story.