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 …

A Guide to Resources for Small Businesses

If you are a business owner and you are struggling due to COVID-19 you are not alone. The national unemployment rate is expected to exceed 30% this week, the highest it has ever been (even during the Great Depression). We are in for some difficult times ahead but fortunately legislation passed in Washington offers a lot of help for struggling …

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 …

Return of the Great American Takeout

Organizers behind last week’s inaugural #TheGreatAmericanTakeout are going back for seconds on Tuesday, March 31st. The coronavirus poses a significant threat to the future of an industry that employs more than 15 million Americans. That’s why a coalition of restaurants is asking for help.   On March 31, they are asking everyone in America to show their support for the restaurant industry …

Sparkly Elephant Becomes Face Mask Hub

The Sparkly Elephant Sewing Lounge is meant to be a space to come together, make new friends and learn new skills.  That looks a little different now during social distancing. The local sewing lounge has been working around the clock with staff and volunteers producing more than 1500 1700 face masks for medical professionals. The spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 …

Meal Assistance for Those in Need

Friendswood Rotary Club, Friendswood Youth Baseball, and the City of Friendswood are partnering to support families and individuals in our community who may be in need of meals during this difficult period of time. The goal is to feed families a few times a week by letting families in need picking up meals at Renwick Park. The program also supports local …

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 …