Nourish is one of the many businesses that received a Mainstreet Preservation Grant.
Liz Ivie, owner of Nourish, shares their story:
“We started in 2017, offering natural health and wellness options to Duchesne and the surrounding area. Our Kitchen provides nutritionally dense smoothies, snack packs, and treats. Our pantry stocks supplements, herbs, essential oils, and other supplies for natural health and wellness. We rent out four rooms to massage therapists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, and foot zone therapists. This has provided our oil and farm community with a great opportunity to learn about, and to be proactive about their health.
“At the start of this pandemic, we took drastic measures to stay in business. We created a website, and started offering delivery services. We reduced our hours of operation, and our workforce. We worked so hard to come up with creative ways to get a few more sales. We were doing OK, but as more and more restrictions were placed sales slowly started dropping. The Mainstreet Preservation Grant came at a perfect time. Here’s what we have been able to do and what we plan to do with the money:
- Paid our rent!
- Purchased equipment so that one of our employees could work on creating our new summer treats at home. She is on immune suppressing medications, and needs to be protected from this illness. What an amazing thing that she can work from home and still be productive for our business!
- We had run out of two key items in the pantry that we purchase directly from the vendor. We did not have the funds to replace those items, but now have been able to put in orders for them.
- We are working on a sign to put up on Center Street. We hope that this will help attract those traveling through town to our business. With tourist restrictions being lifted, we hope to have this in place soon. We feel like this will be key to our recovery efforts.
- This might seem frivolous, But I purchased a whole bunch of flowers from our local nursery to decorate our porch with. People have appreciated seeing some color and cheerfulness around.
“I have a little bit of the money left and plan to use it to help other small businesses in our community. Here are my ideas:
- Purchase gift cards from the other restaurants in town and offer them as prizes for social media advertising.
- Order new shirts from a local shirt printing company.
- Offer a rent free April to those businesses that rent rooms from me that were not able to stay in business.
“I can not adequately express my appreciation and the amount of stress relief that this grant has provided.”
Learn more about Nourish: nourishduchesne.com.
The Mainstreet Preservation Grant, provided by the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Job Opportunities Foundation, is made possible thanks to a $500,000 donation from WCF Insurance. The grant funds are used to support rural and/or minority small businesses in Utah that need immediate assistance due to the COVID-19 and before federal stimulus funding is accessed. These grant funds are intended to help businesses in the short-term. To donate or learn more about the Mainstreet Preservation Grant, visit slchamber.com/mainstreet-preservation-grant.