Because of the COVID pandemic, Cooperstown will not be bustling with the normal amount of activity this year, so the Village Trustees have come up with a special event called 'Cooperstown Outdoors'. Village of Cooperstown Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh says businesses can apply for a free permit to sell their goods on the sidewalk from June 1st through October 12th.
"We realize our businesses are going to be struggling this year, and we want to do everything we can to assist them."
Vin Russo owns a shop on Main Street called Mickey’s Place. His staff has been busy with internet sales, and although the idea of a sidewalk sale sounds good, Vin isn’t sure the foot traffic will support the need for an outside employee.
"There were days when they would let us do it during the course of the regular summer outside of special events, and it didn’t prove to be financially beneficial."
"Even if it’s a $10 sale, it can go toward my electric..."The financial situation isn’t the same over at the Main Street business ‘All about the Girls’. Owner Laura Tolbert likes the idea of a sidewalk sale, and is willing to do what it takes to make it happen.
"Stay open every day. Work every day, all day, and wish for the best."
Residents like Nancy Ballard and Barbara Tongue believe the Village is working in the right direction.
"You know with nothing going as far as baseball, it really needs to happen for the merchants, and the people that live here too."
"We’re kind of in the transitioning stages now, but it’s going to be an awakening and a learning experience I think for everybody here."
Friday marks 2 weeks since Phase 1 of New York’s reopening plan went into effect. Businesses here are anxious to begin Phase 2, and hopefully start generating some income.