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Businesses turn to curbside, delivery and online options to reach customers amid Safer-at-Home shutdown

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Some essential businesses are starting to reopen around Wisconsin, while others are finding ways to keep customers engaged.

About two weeks ago, Gov. Tony Evers extended his Stay-at-Home orders.

 But he also allowed soft openings for some places – including one that just reopened.

Curbside pick-up and delivery are the newest options for one bakery and café in Wauwatosa.

Rocket Baby Bakery re-opened on Friday, April 24, after being shut down for more than a month.

“We took it pretty seriously, right away," Rocket Baby Bakery Co-owner Shannon Trenholme said.

They also received financial help from the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

“I don’t know how we would survive if we had to stay closed," she explained. “Having a tiny bit of cash to actually buy ingredients and materials also allowed us to open back up.”

Rocket Baby now joins many other Wisconsin restaurants and food hubs allowed to sell under certain restrictions.

Of course, not all businesses are back open.

But like Rocket Baby, some of those business owners are sending their customers online to shop.

“The foot-traffic had already slowed down," said Lilo Allen, co-founder of The Bronzeville Collective MKE in Milwaukee. “So we immediately had to finish the website.”

The Collective sells products from a number of local creatives.

Online orders, taken throughout the week, can be picked up on weekends.

“It’s been great business-wise. We’ve got online orders but we miss our customers, we miss the community," Allen, who also owns Papyrus & Charms, her handmade jewelry business.

Back in Wauwatosa, re-opening has meant change.

Rocket Baby owners say they are more mindful of staffing, and always, of health.

Trenholme said everyone is working, each day, to have what customers want at the bakery and cafe.

She told CBS 58 that customer response, since reopening, has been good.

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