Operation Doylestown: An initiative to revitalize our small business community
The Borough of Doylestown is working with local businesses to establish creative outdoor spaces to allow for safe reopening practices as the community begins to recover from COVID-19.
Businesses and local residents will be seeing the impacts of COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. Many local businesses are just beginning to reopen, with reduced capacity and foot traffic, causing financial and stability concerns. The Borough of Doylestown values its small business community and has been dedicated to supporting local businesses through this challenging time.
As Bucks County entered into the Yellow Phase, the Borough began working with local shop owners, restaurants, and passionate volunteers on creative solutions to some of the challenges that face the community in this “new normal”. Operation Doylestown was launched to provide solutions to businesses as well as to draw attention to a time of need from our local community.
“Our small business community in Doylestown Borough needs your support now more than ever…These same businesses support many non-profit organizations and community causes throughout the year. Now it is our turn to help them get back on their feet and on the road to reopening.”, said John Davis, Borough Manager.
Doylestown businesses began reopening efforts on June 5. As businesses adapt to the new guidelines, visitors were welcomed with outdoor dining, sidewalk shopping, and increased curbside pickup services. Now the Borough is working with the business community to establish longer term solutions. A recurring outdoor shopping marketplace is being developed in which the Hamilton Street Parking Lot will be closed to bring several local businesses outdoors for safe shopping. Additional uses of common spaces in town are being developed, including outdoor seating gardens to help expand the capacity of local restaurants. As reopening progresses, these plans will expand to help meet the demand and needs of the community.
Initiative Reminiscent of Past Revitalization
The name “Operation Doylestown” comes from a nationally-recognized campaign, Operation 64. In 1964, a small group of business owners and residents worked together to prevent the demolition and closure of Doylestown's iconic historic district and small businesses. Small towns were struggling across the nation during this time. And a few hard-working people created a plan that empowered a community to come together and thrive. There are many parallels between the challenges facing small businesses and residents today and those back in June of 1964.
To learn more about Operation Doylestown, how to support small businesses, and returning to Doylestown, please visit doylestownborough.net/operation-doylestown.