December 07, 2020 I Event

Mike Risko Music Holds Socially Distanced Curbside Market

Ossining Mayor-elect Rika Levin (center) and Ossining Town Councilwoman Liz Feldman (left) shop and visit Miriam Risko (right) at the Mike Risko Music booth.

Mike Risko Music in Ossining, New York, held a socially distanced Small Business Saturday Curbside Market on Nov. 28. The full-line dealer welcomed fellow small businesses in its community to take part in the day-long curbside market held in its parking lot, which included many COVID-19 precautions.

“It required a lot of planning to make sure we were following all of the rules, but we required everyone to wear a mask, we spaced out hand sanitizer stations, did health checks for vendors and put socially distanced markers on the pavement with chalk,” said Miriam Risko, co-owner of Mike Risko Music.

Vendors included makers of homemade masks, blankets, a coffee truck and more. Instead of paying for a booth space, Risko asked that vendors donate to the local PTA. Throughout the full-day event, Risko estimated about 100 shoppers stopped by.

“It was nice to see people and be in a safe environment,” she said. “We did a lot of ukulele sales during the event. But even if we hadn’t sold anything, it was awesome to see people and feel safe while doing it.”

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