Every day we're inspired by the ways downtown businesses have pivoted in response to the pandemic. Even is the midst of great uncertainty, they've found innovative and meaningful ways to stay connected to and engaged with our community. Today we'd like to share how two of Portland Downtown's board members,
Krista Cole of Sur Lie and
Michael Erickson of Holiday Inn By The Bay, are making the most of these challenging times. Thank you, Krista and Michael, for leading by example!
With the onset of COVID-19 in March,
Sur Lie, a tapas bar & restaurant on Free Street, was forced to close its doors to dine-in customers. Fortunately, owner
Krista Cole was able to retain two full-time cooks so that the restaurant could offer take-out and curbside pick-up. The team also made it a priority to give back to their friends & neighbors, providing over 200 meals to the healthcare heroes at
Maine Medical Center and the
Maine Cancer Children's Program.
At this time, we all need messages of hope and inspiration. Thank you to Michael Erickson and his team at Holiday Inn By The Bay for sharing these message loud and clear. The stunning projections on the facade of the hotel – made possible through a partnership with
Headlight Audio Visual – are a beautiful reminder that we'll get through this together, one day at a time.
All photos courtesy of Sur Lie and Holiday Inn By The Bay.