Grand Ledge businesses see changes after COVID-19 

Most businesses across Grand Ledge experienced both ups and downs as a result of the COVID-19 and a number of them are still viable after surviving changes brought on by the pandemic. 

Pam’s Pantry

Pam’s Pantry, a gourmet food store situated in Grand Ledge, has been open for twenty years. Since they are a licensed food establishment, they were able to stay open legally. 

Pam’s Pantry was able to stay afloat during COVID-19 mainly due to the gift baskets they made, which they promoted through emails and Facebook. Regular customers also placed orders for the items they already knew they wanted. 

Like many stores, they resorted to customers doing curbside pickup orders, so there wasn’t much contact. 

Pam’s Pantry did local deliveries as well. They sent out care gift baskets filled with goods that had ‘Get Well Soon’ messages. They would drive to customers’ houses and leave them on their porches.  

Even though these gift baskets were keeping Pam’s Pantry afloat, they lost their main source of income, which came from craft shows and fundraisers for schools. 

“It was very scary.

Grand Ledge library engages, connects with community

Like many other public spaces across the country and the world, the Grand Ledge Area District Library (GLADL) was deeply affected by COVID-19, but director, Lise Mitchell, and the staff figured out ways to still stay connected and keep the community engaged.

The library’s main mission is to have a wide variety of informational, educational and recreational resources.

“We are always looking for ways to be relevant to the community,” Mitchell said.