Welcome to the May 2020 Issue of Warrenton/Haymarket/Gainesville Lifestyle

Well, this is the second issue I’ve put out from my dining room. 

In this unprecedented, unimaginable Coronavirus crisis, all our lives have changed. Following the inevitable period of confusion and disbelief that the world could have changed so much so quickly comes the realization that there is nothing we can do but pick up and press on, adjusting our lives along the way to accommodate this bizarre new paradigm that we find ourselves in. 

Primarily, of course, our thoughts are with those who are battling the illness, and their families. 

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We have an increased appreciation for all our doctors, nurses, medical staff, and first responders, and a new realization of how vital grocery stores and delivery drivers are to maintaining the supply chain that keeps food available. And we thank all the owners and staff of essential businesses who have stayed open for us.

We spoke to some owners of small businesses in Warrenton, Haymarket, and Gainesville to see how they were doing, and they gladly took the time to speak with us. They all wanted to share their experiences and thoughts on where we are today, and what the future might bring. On the whole, people felt that they were learning from the experience and the feeling was positive and hopeful.

I ordered takeout from a Warrenton restaurant on Saturday, and was told it would be a longer wait because they were so busy. When I arrived to pick up my order, the parking lot was almost full. I found the dining room empty, but part of the room had been transformed into an assembly line arrangement to accommodate the volume. There had to have been 20 bags sitting there all in a row waiting for pickup. So, we all are adjusting. People still want to eat out on a Saturday night, and they’re ok with the adjustments that need to be made to enjoy a restaurant meal. The restaurants are ok with making adjustments to accommodate their customers. So it’s a win-win.       

As a small business, Lifestyle Magazines have also been affected. We are seeing a drop in advertising revenue, which impacts the production of the magazines. We have had to make some changes here to adapt also. 

It’s new and strange for us too. We are trying to adjust our focus to relate to the new environment of our readers. Now interviews for articles have to be done by phone or zoom. Photo shoots need to be taken outside. Some articles that were already planned or prepared are no longer relevant. We are all working separately out of our homes. But it works; we have made it work.   

The main adjustment we have made this month is the production of one combination issue of the Warrenton, Haymarket, and Gainesville publications. We have produced one strong magazine with content from all three areas, instead of three smaller magazines. We are adapting, but still moving forward, and we are happy.

The main adjustment we have made this month is the production of one combination issue of the Warrenton, Haymarket, and Gainesville publications. We have produced one strong magazine with content from all three areas, instead of three smaller magazines. We are adapting, but still moving forward, and we are happy.

 

Pam Kamphuis
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Pam Kamphuis is an editor and writer for Piedmont Virginian Magazine and Piedmont Lifestyle Magazines.

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