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Toymaker’s Cafe Photo by Alexander Wilburn

FV: business is slower

FALLS VILLAGE — Judy Jacobs at Jacobs Garage reported on Friday, March 20, that there has been “a definite drop-off” in business as the state settles into emergency mode in response to COVID-19.

The garage is offering a pickup service for people who need their cars repaired or serviced — especially elderly people who are reluctant to venture from home.

And the garage is taking precautions. “Every time we get in or out of a car, we wipe it down.”

Jacobs said people are holding off on everything other than essential repairs.

Luckily the garage has the job of getting the buses of The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville ready for state inspection, so for now they are busy.

Jacobs said the garage’s suppliers are still operating, although it might take a little longer for delivery of parts.

“But they may have some real issues coming up.”

For now, business continues. “We’re muddling through it.”

Farther up Main Street at Toymaker’s Cafe, business has been slow.

The restaurant was open for take-out from Friday, March 20, through Sunday, March 22. On Friday morning owner Greg Bidou said business was “very slow.”

“If it doesn’t pick up we’ll have to close completely. People aren’t going out, especially for breakfast and lunch.”

Bidou said the cafe had a similar experience on Saturday and Sunday, March 14 and 15.“We covered our costs, basically.”

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