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 901 Comics and 901 Games had to get creative when it was forced to shut its doors. But with the Mid-South at home it found a new way to serve its customers.

“Especially being at home in quarantine, these are things that people would love to have to occupy their time.”

According to 901 Comics co-owner and owner of 901 games Shannon Merritt, he had a feeling he’d have to close up shop during the coronavirus.

“I talked to people through the internet about what they’re doing. I have a  friend of mine who’s a comic book store  owner in Washington which was really heavily hit and he’s been doing things all along,” Merritt said. “So I’ve kind of mimicked what he’s been doing at the comic book store.”

That includes, offering delivery and curb-side pickup for it's customers.

“We’ve done about three or four [deliveries] this week and I think we have two or three lined up for tomorrow,” Merritt said.

Curbside pick-up comes Miami Florida News at no cost. Delivery is free within the City of Memphis if you spend more than $20. It’s $10 in the metro area. Merritt says his main concern is his customers staying safe so they come back when the doors open again.
The best local example of it is the YMCA of Memphis and the Mid-South stepping up to take over feeding Shelby County Schools’ students - while schools are shut down. The district was forced to suspend its lunch program at 62 sites after one nutrition services employee tested positive for the virus. The announcement only made a terrible situation worse - because thousands of SCS students depend on the district for weekday meals during the school year - and in the summer.

Thankfully, the public response was immediate. And now, the YMCA will take over the sites at area churches, libraries, and community centers - feeding students under 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Mid-South Food Bank, local restaurants, and others are also lending a hand - to make sure needy children don't go hungry - or uncared for.

These are a few examples of the positive spirit we're seeing - as this virus disrupts our lives. They remind us that Memphis is still a city - with a heart. And that's my point of view.
You're used to walking into a bar or restaurant, picking up a Flyer, and spreading it over the table as you read and catch up on all the latest around Memphis.

Great news, Flyer fans. You still can! (Except for, you know, the Press Release Distribution Services In Miami and Florida going-into-a-restaurant part.)

Yes, many of the locations that carry our newspaper have been closed temporarily. (That is a total drag and we cannot wait for this mess to be over.) But there are still some places you can get that physical copy of the Flyer you love.

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