Some downtown retailers battle tough times as Covid-19 pandemic stretches on


Wise Hardware on Fifth Avenue stayed open as an essential business.

Shops in Pelham are handling the Covid-19 pandemic in different ways—whether it is going virtual or staying open—and the crisis has caused tough times for some establishments.

GoGreek, an eatery located on Fifth Avenue, was only in business for nine months when the pandemic started, which caused difficulties for the store.

“We’ve certainly had our struggles but our proud to have been able to stay open this entire time,” said owner Dan Krystallis. “The Pelham community has been extremely supportive and ensured we can keep our doors open.”

GoGreek is offering outdoor seating following social distancing guidelines from New York State. The restaurant, like all the businesses interviewed, requires face masks for all customers and has provided hand sanitizer for patrons upon entry.

The Covid-19 shut down came 12 days after Thrive and Barre Fitness opened its storefront location on Wolfs Lane on March 2. Thrive has been operating for 12 years in the community.

Thrive has lost 85% of revenue since March, said co-owner Danielle Aviezer. The studio has offered virtual and outdoor classes for its customers, but outdoor classes requires the dance gym to split the profit to use the space. Thrive has also participated in the Pelham Market in the parking lot of the old Capital One bank, which has been helpful for business, said Aviezer.

During the outdoor classes, everyone brings their own equipment, hand sanitizer is provided and participants must observe the social distancing guidelines. Thrive has also reopened its retail clothing shop.

Wise Hardware on Fifth Avenue was deemed an essential business and has been able to conduct business throughout the pandemic, said owner Bill Weinblatt. Wise kept old customers and has also found new ones, he said, and the store helped many Pelham residents with materials to complete home projects. The store has set up an entry and exit pattern and limits the number of people inside.

Tig & Peach’s location on Wolfs Lane closed on March 13, six months after opening.

“Tig and Peach has made customized packages with other businesses to keep business alive,” said co-owner Amanda Tigges Star. “We have also created customized bracelets and given away some proceeds away to the First Responders Children’s Foundation Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund.” The retailer created holiday packages such as Easter baskets and packages with other businesses for Mother’s and Father’s day.

Due to the pandemic, Tig & Peach’s three main sources of income—birthday parties, memberships and classes—were lost to the store, forcing the owners to get creative to keep the business going. Like many shops, Tig and Peach will be affected by Covid-19 over the long term. Tig and Peach is currently hosting outdoor classes, private play sessions—the entire location available for an hour for one family only—and they are looking into the idea of “pods,” small group sessions. Each class will have no more than eight students.

Tig and Peach has health and safety info on their website.