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Operation Greenwood: Final Chapter!

We are back with the last chapter in the story where we teamed up with community leaders to provide 60 meals for another group of health care heroes at Greenwood Court long term care facility: Operation Greenwood.

Uniting with all of these community leaders in an effort to brighten the day of a whole team of Greenwood's passionate professionals was gratifying to say the least. We enjoy hitting multiple targets with one projectile so enabling local businesses to step up AND helping the embattled restaurants made this the perfect initiative. Our small town is extra special in this regard because of the richness we have in local cuisine, and many leaders are determined to become active and engaged so that we can preserve these definitive local icons.

Today, we shine a spotlight on even more spirited contributors who made it happen!

The Demetre's Family Eatery sign at the edge of town has let people know that they have arrived in Stratford for almost 25 years. Like many towns, we have that place that is family friendly, timeless, and affordable while striving for excellence. You know experience is paramount when their mission statement is “Enter as a patron, leave as a friend.” Leah came on board, through our powerful partner Tracy from, despite recently changing all operation to take-out and still feeling through the new process. As an exciting bonus, they provided even more delicious 3-course lasagna meals than promised, and extra servings of lemon meringue pie because you can always have more dessert!

It is inspiring to see well-established restaurants like Demetre's rethinking a tried and true dining room focus and relaunching the service as a safe and delicious take-out option you can just imagine after watching this video...

We inherited a great relationship with from our resident Beerologist and used that leverage to include this fantastic brewery in a few parts of this initiative. You can check out the finer details from his post yesterday

Not only did the Black Swan team jump in to purchase many of the meals in staunch support of their restaurant partners, they also sprung the owner from his beer delivery duties help out in person. Ryan collected well over a dozen gourmet meals from, donned his trendy branded mask, and helped us with the delivery. We would most likely support Black Swan solely on the merit of the beer but will double down our efforts with a contest for the community using these purchased gift certificates.

Speaking of genuine and Ryan, the powerful silent partner behind this project is Genuine Fitness Not only do we owe this local transformation facility for generously purchasing some of the meals for our front line healthcare workers, we wouldn't exist as a company without the Town Crier Marketing founding partner Ryan Livingston who also owns and operates Genuine Fitness. That is a story in and of itself we should take the time to tell. First, we have to refine the working title which reads "How do you survive and thrive as an independent small business in a town over-crowded with corporate competition?" The answer is Digital Marketing and we exist to use the advanced tactic,s learned in the cut-throat gym business, to help local businesses.

Thank you Ryan and Genuine Fitness for all your contributions! We both have some transformation to inspire!

Wrapping up this amazing story, here is an exhaustive list of people and companies who united to provide these 60 + meals for our front line workers.

We have a few more projects in the chamber and won't stop doing this till well after it is no longer needed. Perhaps even forever. It was our pleasure to be able to come together and deliver a little tasty sunshine to the day of a healthcare worker and we are here to help in any way we can. It has inspired us to volunteer more. Work harder. Be a part of the solution. Do our small part in helping the community unite and get through this.

STAY TUNED for more community leadership spotlights and crisis victories!


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