OK, this is shameless sponsoring…but a feel good note nonetheless.

No link. I am good friends with the part owner of Uncle Al’s Hotdogs in Greenbrier, Chesapeake. It’s a small venue almost always packed for lunch due to quality fare and terrific staff.

They are doing curbside takeout now and working to pay bills as best they can.

Here is the wonderful part. The partners have decided to cover the full payroll out of their own pockets for however long it takes to reopen. At the same time, long standing customers are using the curbside pickup. That’s not all. The customers, in obvious appreciation of the long serving staff, are tipping big.

I mean $10, $20 and even up to $100 for an order that probably caps off at less than $10 for a dog, fries and Coke.

I understand there are other places doing as much as they can. Lots of restaurants, high end and less so, that are doing curbside pickup. And customers are tipping more than usual because they know that servers and others in the restaurant business are losing income. Of course it can be a huge strain on startup restaurants in which the owner sank savings and credit into the opening.

BTW lots of places like Walmart, Kroger, Aldis, Target, Amazon are hiring big time. We are talking 10’s to 100’s of thousands of jobs. Walmart will even get you started same day as the interview if feasible. The food, drug and supply pipelines are working OT to stay open and clean. And they have temporarily raised wages to both existing and new employees.

Finally, I have made it a point, now that I am finally mobile and can shop myself, to heartily thank all the frontline workers at HT, Fresh Market, Rite Aid, Costco, etc., for their efforts and long hours. Kind words go a long way.

3 thoughts on “OK, this is shameless sponsoring…but a feel good note nonetheless.

  1. First, glad to hear you are once again mobile. Enjoy the freedom of movement while we can still move around.

    Your shameless plug is a reminder of what we can do to assist those that are struggling. My wife and I are committing to a minimum of once a week to get takeout from a locally owned establishment. There are a lot of locally owned establishments that need our support to get through this while the country pushes through. Support your local vendors whenever you can.

    For my own plug, we have plenty of light bulbs (sorry not many incandescents) available and we are owned and operated by an Army veteran who has employed a 100% disabled vet. When I say small business, there are 4.5 people that work here (warehouse worker only comes in 2X a week. He’s the half). If he told me tomorrow he couldn’t afford to pay me, I would still come in and take care of his customers as I have been for the past 3 years. (Please don’t tell him I said hat.)

    City Lights and Supply in Virginia Beach. No arguments, just good lights.

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  2. Decades ago I used to by my photo studio lights from a place in Norfolk. Then they moved to somewhere on Indian River Road I believe. I still bought from them and they would UPS the package unless I wanted to drive out.

    He could get any one of those pro light bulbs like small pin mounted halogens in the 650 Watt range, up and down. Also some flash tubes, theatrical lighting, sodium vapor (we had one outside our building set to come on at dark) and a slew of regular bulbs

    I believe he sold years ago.

    I can’t recall the name, but it might have been NAPSCO or some such name. Perhaps it might have stood for National Photolamp Sales Company.

    Of course depending upon how long your boss has owned it, it might have passed hands a few times. Again, going by memory (whew!) I may have done business with the owner as recently as the early 2000’s.

    Any chance it might be the same business?

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    1. No chance. The current owner is the only owner City Lights has ever had. Opened in the late 80’s on Jack Rabbit Road. Moved to Cleveland St (west of Witchduck) sometime prior to ’93. Moved to east of Witchduck in 2002. The wife worked here from 93 til late 17. I’ve been here since June 17. (My employment here had nothing to do with her leaving, however it was probably for the best.)

      The current company you might be thinking of is Stage Right Lighting. We work together on things when one doesn’t have what the other needs.

      And if you need a particular bulb to continue photography as a hobby, let me know. I might just have it on the shelf.


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