Innovative Solutions to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ours is a community of innovators and collaborators. Already, efforts are underway by multiple companies, institutions and individuals to response to multiple facets of the current pandemic. For example, collaborations are under way here in the Innovation Quarter to:
- Leverage available lab space to produce hand sanitizer and expand equipment sanitizing capabilities
- Use 3D printers and other manufacturing capabilities to quickly produce face shield, mask prototypes and other PPE
- Harness the power of data analytics to micro-target at-risk populations and deliver real-time health information through web and social media channels
If you have an innovative solution to the COVID-19 crisis, especially around the development of PPE, please contact the Innovation Quarter head of sector development, Jane Shen.
How to Support Innovation Quarter Retail Tenants
Offering a variety of quality retail and restaurant options is central to creating the vibrancy found in the Innovation Quarter. Here’s how you can help our tenants during this challenging time:
- Alma Mexicana – While Alma Mexicana is closed, you can support ownership and employees by ordering from its sister restaurant The Porch Kitchen and Cantina. They are offering a wide variety of take-out and delivery options.
- Black Mountain Chocolate – Black Mountain Chocolate’s retail shop is closed, but you can still get your chocolate fix by ordering delicious candies, cookies, truffles and more through their online store. Get these treats shipped directly to your home at no extra cost by using promocode FREESHIP2020 when you spend $50 or more.
- Cugino Forno – The cousins are still slinging their signature Naples-style pizza and offering fresh salads and desserts. Take-out is available as always, but they are now offering delivery too. Order online or call (336) 448-0102.
- F45 Training Winston-Salem – While their brand-new studio is temporarily closed, F45 is providing workouts from the comfort of your own home. Text “HOME” to (336) 546-5256 to gain access to their new home-streaming program, available on the F45 Challenge app. Check out their Facebook and Instagram pages for updates and new workouts.
- Fair Witness – Temporarily closed, following North Carolina’s “Stay at Home” executive order. Check social media for updates.
- Incendiary Brewing – You can still pick up a variety of bottled beers and wines at your favorite local craft brewery, including their just-launched creation The Interception of Entropy 2020, a huge, decadent and complex double-mash base imperial stout. Pick up hours are weekdays from 12 to 6 pm and weekends from 2-6 pm.
- Krankies – As of March 28, 2020, Krankies has closed its doors temporarily, but it will reopen in two weeks (around April 11) with a virtual grocery store offering drip coffee and a limited menu—including those famous chicken biscuits! You can continue to support Krankies by purchasing merchandise, coffee and gift cards on their website or by donating to the Krankies team via Venmo. Check social media for updates.
- Lotus Yoga – Lotus Yoga has an extensive and expanding virtual library of pre-recorded classes and tutorials on their website, available to active members, class holders and donors. They also plan to offer free “Live with Lotus” sessions via social media.
- Pink Rhino Beauty Parlor – Temporarily closed, following North Carolina’s “Stay at Home” executive order. Check social media for updates and “root” for this small business by saving your grown out roots for when they reopen.
- Innovation Quarter YMCA – iQ YMCA is temporarily closed, but they are still fulfilling their mission of helping our community when we need it the most by providing meals and economic relief. Keep your membership active to continue to support them now and check social media for updates, including how to schedule an appointment to donate blood or make a monetary donation.
- Wherehouse Art Hotel – One of the most unique AirBnB offerings in the region has set up a GoFundMe page during its temporary closure.
- Cycle Your City – Cycle Your City is still open for business, but by appointment only. It’s a great time to get back in the saddle, so send an email to schedule a repair or discuss a new purchase.