New Roseburg store opening to support local artists during pandemic

Executive director Susie Johnston-Forte said they are seeing the direct impact the pandemic has had on their businesses, especially during the recent two-week freeze.

Posted: Nov 24, 2020 6:54 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- As the pandemic rages on, the Roseburg Downtown Association -- now known as the Roseburg Town Center -- is doing everything they can to support local businesses during this difficult time.

Executive director Susie Johnston-Forte said they are seeing the direct impact the pandemic has had on their businesses, especially during the recent two-week freeze.

However, she said they are trying to increase their social media presence and advertising to encourage people to come downtown to support the businesses.

“I just want to encourage everyone to support their small businesses. Be safe, wear your mask, social distance, but shop,” she said.

Even though restaurants and bars were required to shift to take-out only during the two-week freeze, retail shops were not required to shut down.

Johnston-Forte said they are trying to take advantage of that with the newest project, The People’s Goods shop.

The store focuses on selling items made by local artists and vendors who may not bet getting recognition right now.

“So many places have canceled their farmers markets or they’re not having a Christmas craft fair or whatever they may be,” said store manager Julie Schultz. “This way they can sell the goods that they worked so hard to make.”

However, Johnston-Forte said they hope the new store brings more people to downtown and hopefully encourages people to get take-out while they shop.

The store is located on Jackson Street in downtown Roseburg. It is expected to open on Saturday.

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