GI businesses team up to keep operations running amid coronavirus outbreak

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Many small, local businesses are having to re-think their business models amid this pandemic. For some places in Grand Island that means teaming up.

The Happy Brush and Wave Pizza Company have teamed up to deliver food and art supplies straight to your door. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

On a normal day you'd find customers inside The Happy Brush in downtown Grand island, painting on canvas or ceramics. Now, you'll see employees filling online orders.

Since only ten people are suppose to be gathered in one space, The Happy Brush isn't letting customers paint inside for the time being. So, they had to start thinking out of the box.

"Basically within 24 hours we went all online," said Jackie Bowen, owner of The Happy Brush.

Bowen created an online store where people can buy the same products they'd get if they visited in person. People can also purchase kits with paint brushes, a canvas and paint that go with online classes that can be found on YouTube.

Employees put together the online orders. People can either retrieve them at the store with curb-side pickup, or have them shipped to their house.

Bowen said the community has been really supportive at this time; and they're not the only ones.

Wave Pizza Company teamed up with The Happy Brush to provide home deliveries of food and art supplies straight to people's doors.

"We're both in entertainment and service. We're trying to provide people with an escape from the day to day grind," said Brent Lindner, owner of Wave Pizza Company. "Sit down, and have a pizza and a beer. Do a painting, some social stuff, and that's what I think is very important."

The Happy Brush packs up specially made beach themed canvases and sends them over to Wave Pizza.

Bowen hand draws all the canvases in her store, including those ones.

Both owners said they'd like to continue this partnership in the future, even when the era of social distancing comes to an end.

"Brent and I have had a really positive response to our partnership," Bowen said. "Times right now are just really depressing, and it's just been encouraging for each of us just together to encourage each other, because we have common struggles."

Although you can't currently paint inside The Happy Brush, you can still go there to pick out crafts if you'd like.

Wave Pizza Company also partnered with the Chocolate Bar in downtown Grand Island to help them deliver cakes. Lindner said they need 12 hours advance notice if someone would like one.