In the normally bustling Hazelwood, businesses are handling the coronavirus scare in a variety of ways.

In accordance with Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order, restaurants’ dining rooms are closed, but Nettie’s Bakery and Smoky Mountain Roasters coffee shop were both open for take out orders on Monday.

A sign in the coffee shop window offered free coffee to all nurses, doctors and medical technicians as a token of gratitude during these trying times.

Manager Cyndi Miller said business was pretty busy last week, but on Monday things started slower. The large parking area across the street was mostly empty.

At Hazelwood Soap, a sign on the door directed customers to place orders online so they could be picked up curbside, while the Within Reach thrift store was closed except to accept donations. The community’s pharmacy was open for drive-thru business only.

Business was brisk at Hazelwood Gun and Tactical, said co-owner Chad Brown, noting many customers were stopping in to buy ammunition.

Much of the shop was cordoned off with yellow police tape, but customers could come to the counter and pick up items brought to the front.

“It’s like a drive-thru, but an indoor one,” Brown said.

Shoppers could browse in Blue Ridge Books where co-owner Jo Gilley said loyal customers had been placing online orders and doing what they could to offer encouragement.

“It’s normally slow this time of year, but now it’s even slower,” Gilley said. “We can tell people are trying to support us, though, by the number of orders.”

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