Shops, restaurants in Olde Mistick Village hope to reopen for tourism season

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MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH)– Stefan Ambrosch and his brother Ben Hall feel fortunate during this pandemic

They own Mango’s Wood Fired Pizza, which has lost about 20 percent of its business being closed to the public, but their take out orders are on fire.

“We actually had to add phone lines to keep up as we’ve adapted,” said Ambrosch.

Plus their Deviant Donut sales are sweeter than ever.

“People are still wanting that treat, still wanting that reason to get out of the house,” said Ambrosch.

But they do miss the visitors to Olde Mistick Village who would be out in numbers on a day like today.

“We would probably see a couple thousand people here,” said Chris Regan, Olde Mistick Village.

Most shops are shut down, although the occasional dog walker and family still enjoy the scenery with social distancing in mind. 

“It would be great to just be open normal hours and be able to welcome people back into the store,” said Jennifer Beaudro, of Extra Virgin and Sticky Solutions.

While stores like Extra Virgin and Sticky Solutions now survive with online orders, a lot of improvements and repairs to the village are being made uninterrupted.

“My guys can set up and not have to break down and worry about customers around them right now,” said Regan.

A week before the governor ordered non-essential businesses to shut down, the stores in downtown Mystic took it upon themselves to close their doors because they knew staying open could attract people from all different areas and that could create an unsafe situation.

“We wanted to keep people as safe as we could,” said Deb Kollmeyer, owner of Adore.

They now hope to reopen in time for the normally busy summer season in a safe way of course. 

“It would be really easy to do it,” said Kollmeyer. “Only limiting three or four in at a time.”

For now the banner spanning West Main Street features the community mantra “Community Strong” instead of what is usually an announcement of the next big event around there.

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