Some projects happen when they are planned out in great detail. Others happen when someone responds to a simple request, which sometimes blossoms into a larger, beautiful project, small step by small step.
This was the case when Teri and Kevin Moore, owners of the Fairplay Depot, responded to several social media posts in which people sewing masks were looking for materials. The Moores happened to have some fabric and put it outside the Depot for any mask-makers to take. Then, they added a section in the trunk, for completed masks for anyone who needs to take.
With a fluid project like this, it is hard to estimate how many masks have been dropped off and taken. But within a week-and-a-half of the trunk being placed there, the Moores guess that 250 to 300 masks have been donated.
“When masks are dropped off, all of them are usually picked up within 24 hours.” Kevin Moore said.
There are now masks that are adult-size and others for children.
“There are many volunteers (lots are anonymous) that are making masks and dropping them off in the trunk at the Fairplay Depot.” Teri Moore said. “Additionally, there have been donations of scarves and also ski and snowboard balaclavas from the Breckenridge store, All Things Colorado.”
One idea the Moores have for the future “mask trunk,” is to offer a game exchange for community residents.
Since the Moores’ business is two-fold, a co-working space and guitar store, another temporary program has been born out of the music side. One customer and local musician Randy McKinnon, had the idea to offer free concerts via the internet, and Kevin Moore technically produces these concerts at 5 p.m. every Wednesday.
To hear the “Next Page Virtual Living Room Concert,” log onto Randall McKinnon’s webpage.
Free internet for the community
As part of the office space at the Depot, a super-fast internet is a resource that is typically used for co-workers who rent the space. However, with the social distancing, there has been a huge reduction in co-workers being able to use the space.
The Moores take extra steps to sanitize and clean the rooms in between customers and only allow one person per room at a time.
This means they have high speed internet which is not being used to full capacity. Therefore, the Moores began to offer the internet resource to community members for free.
If interested in using the free internet which reaches to the street and the parking lot from the Fairplay Depot, contact the depot and they will give you the passcode.
Coronavirus business impact and stimulus
Like many small businesses throughout the country, the Moores have felt the loss of business, especially since their business is not quite a year old. Currently they are not planning to apply for a federal stimulus loan.
Meanwhile, Teri Moore expressed their philosophy during the pandemic. “It’s nice to connect with people and offer a resource for people who can use it,” Teri Moore said.
The Fairplay Depot can be found at their Facebook page, “Fairplay Depot Co-Work Space” or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.