Retail needs love, too

Apologies for the relative silence this past week, but I’m finally back with a little update for you. It was brought to my attention today that Friendswood’s retail businesses are also being forced to adapt in these difficult times and that means doing more business online. So I’ve added a Shop page and will be filling it with links to …

Apologies for selling out…

A good friend of mine recently scolded me for not monetizing this site. Okay, so he didn’t actually scold me, but he brought up a valid point. Websites cost money to operate, and this site is driving a lot of traffic to companies like DoorDash and GrubHub. “The least they could do is chip in to cover your costs”, he …

In it for the long haul

Well it’s official. Any hope that we would be back to normal next week has been officially crushed. Honestly, I don’t think anyone who has been looking at the numbers really believed we would. And while I am starting to go a little stir crazy here at home, at least I can take comfort in knowing that this site will …

New Features Coming Soon

Now that I feel like the majority of the work is done on the directory (exempting of course the daily batch of updates as things change) I want to expand the site to include other ways to help. The first feature you will see is the simplest. I want to start sharing stories from around Friendswood about how other people …

Navigating the gray areas…

First off I want to thank everyone that has been sending me messages with restaurant suggestions and updates. As I said before, circumstances are constantly changing and it is impossible for me to keep up in real time. Sadly, there isn’t a reliable database of restaurant statuses that I can pull from. I’m relying on Facebook and Instagram most of …

Stats!

Let’s geek out a little. Since yesterday was the first day of going public I wanted to dig into the numbers a little bit. We had a total of 921 page views. That’s not necessarily the same thing as unique visitors since a single visitor may view more than one page. But it puts some of the other numbers in …

“But what about…”

In the span of a few hours this site went from nothing to over 800 visitors. That’s pretty exciting. However, almost immediately I started getting messages about how the site is incomplete because I didn’t include one restaurant or another. I’m keeping up as best I can but please keep in mind this is a volunteer gig and tracking down …

This is torture…

For the past few days I’ve been looking at hundreds of pictures of food and margaritas and it is absolute TORTURE. I finally took a break today to go pick up some wings and a sandwich from Nobi (not only is their food delicious but they get a gold star in my book for the lengths they are going to …

First Draft Complete

Well I didn’t sleep much but I managed to get the first batch of restaurants loaded to the site. It would go a lot quicker if I didn’t have to check websites, Facebook pages, and sometimes even make phone calls (ugh, I hate making phone calls) to find out the status of each establishment. Side note: shout out to the …

Getting Started…

So I received an email from Brett Banfield about things we can do to support local businesses, particularly restaurants who are most affected by the coronavirus. Also included in the email were folks from Rotary, Friends of Downtown Friendswood, the City, the Chamber of Commerce, etc. Karen Capps, the City’s Economic Development Coordinator, was quick to suggest some sort of …