How a Florida retailer is successfully adjusting as states reopen

Kim Livengood, owner of the Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, discusses how she created a virtual marketplace and the safety measures she's implemented to keep customers safe as the market reopens.
2:21 | 06/01/20

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no I won't give in We're back now with the Florida retailer determined to go forward as the nation reopens another small business successfully adjusting its sales -- sails in changing headwinds. My name is Kim Livengood. I'm representing the bazaar on apricot & lime in Sarasota, Florida. The bazaar started about two years ago because my mother called me up and said, guess what, I got a warehouse and she said, I want to have one place where I can do all my shopping. And it just has been an amazing evolution, pretty cool that she's created this community of artisans and local vendors where she can do all her shopping. The pandemic really affected our business because we are a retail experience and we had to shut our doors. It's not just one business here, there are 30 other businesses that were forced to close down as well. What we said is that we're not closing, we're pausing for a purpose. One of the ways that the bazaar has stayed open during this time, we went virtual. Hola, everybody. Welcome to episode 19 of the bazaar shopping network. We created the bazaar shopping network and in a nutshell I went online, Facebook live, every day, and created an opportunity to showcase the different vendors' items. These are dolphin bookends from -- oh, my god, they're like a 1,000 pounds. We gave the people the opportunity to do curbside. We created this environment where people are connected to our vendors and the experience. It's been successful enough that we'll continue when we reopen. The bazaar is not exactly open yet, but what we did is an outdoor market. We have a 5,000-square-foot beautiful courtyard outside that's enclosed. We kept it limited. It was amazing. People wanted to get out. They wanted to support us. We're going to continue to do that and the plan is, when June hits, we're going to open our doors inside back to normal. And we're wishing them the very best.

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