ButterBlock & Co steps back into the kitchen after partnering with home grocery initiative. Calgary,
Canada (Apr 30, 2020) – Before COVID-19 placed restrictions around dine-in services, ButterBlock & Co supplied the Beltline and cafes around the city with their freshly baked goods.
But once restrictions, social distancing, and quarantines were put in place it didn’t take long for ButterBlock & Co owner, Karen Kong, to see the effects. “Since COVID-19, most of the cafes who we supply to have closed their doors,” says Karen. “It’s cut off the outlets for us to share our goods.”
ButterBlock & Co. is located inside The Devenish, an old Heritage building on 17th Avenue SW. Around 95% of their neighbours in the building were ordered to close for public safety and lock their doors to keep the building safe. Karen and her team of five attempted to conduct their own deliveries and curbside pickup, but with the entrances closed it couldn’t be done and they, too, had to shut their doors.
Not long after closing shop, Karen heard about CalgaryGrocery.ca, a new online home grocery initiative through a friend who was already involved. This service allows Calgarians to order fresh, local groceries online and have them delivered to their front door through a no-contact delivery.
“Teaming up with CalgaryGrocery.ca allowed us to step back into the kitchen, cover our labour cost, focus on baking, and introduce new customers to ButterBlock,” Karen reports. “We are now offering frozen croissants for customers to bake fresh whenever they want! We’re also offering Calgary Grocery customers fresh cookies and assorted pastries. We cannot wait to share our baked goods with Calgarians!”
CalgaryGrocery.ca was launched in mid-March to support local businesses and Calgarians at home. It provides another option for online grocery shopping, where customers can order food directly to their homes from local shops. While they started with seven partners, Calgary Grocery has been onboarding new businesses each week and is offering an always-expanding selection of fresh, local products.
You can shop ButterBlock’s baked goods and support other local businesses by placing your order at CalgaryGrocery.ca.