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Resources for Assistance for Musicians, Artists plus Bartenders

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During these uncertain times, many entrepreneurs and small businesses are struggling to stay afloat, compensate employees, and pay rent. Local, state and federal governments, as well as some non-governmental organizations, have been working to collect and disperse funding and assistance for small businesses and members of the workforce who have been hit with unexpected losses and expenses due to the global epidemic. Here are a few available resources that businesses, organizations and artists can take advantage of.

ASSISTANCE FOR ARTISTS & MUSICIANS

With many states putting stay-at-home orders in place, thousands of concerts, shows, festivals and gatherings have been postponed or canceled altogether. Our team found a few resources for artists and musicians who are in need of help due to lost income from the COVID-19 crisis.

For musicians specifically, nonprofit organization, Sweet Relief, is offering a creative way for artists to raise funds for themselves and others. Additionally, the Musicians Foundation is dispersing grants for qualifying individuals in need of assistance. This is a micro-grant through which the foundation will pay the musician’s expenses directly. No checks will be written to the musician.

One of our experts found this information on the National Chamber of Commerce website. We are hopeful that more resources will be coming available soon.

ASSISTANCE FOR BARTENDERS

Another industry that has taken a huge economic hit from the COVID-19 crisis is bars and nightclubs. The USBG National Charity Foundation created the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) to provide grant assistance for qualifying individuals. Check to see if you are eligible for BEAP by visiting their website. If you are a bartender, the spouse of a bartender, or a child of a bartender, and have lost income due to the current global epidemic, you may qualify for this grant.

THE RED BACKPACK FUND

This program is designed for majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5 million and with fewer than 50 individuals on staff. Qualifying businesses must be in good standing and incorporated as a legal entity and be able to demonstrate that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing hardship.

Between May and September, GlobalGiving, via the Red Backpack Fund, will award at least 1,000 emergency assistance grants to majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits in the United States. Each grant will be $5,000.

Enrollment is now open and the first round of applications will be accepted now through 11:59 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 12, or until 5,000 applications have been received, whichever happens first. Each month, they will be accepting additional applications. The portal will open for applications on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

The Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) application has been released and is now open for enrollment. The PPP is a provision of the CARES Act, and offers forgivable low-interest loans to small businesses facing uncertainty during the COVID-19 emergency. This plan was created to enable small businesses to retain workers, maintain payroll, and cover certain other existing overhead costs. If you are interested in applying for this program, we advise you to work with your local lender to see if and when they are accepting applications and what their process will be.

SMALL BUSINESS DISASTER ASSISTANCE

This is a statewide program offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs). If you are a small business owner, operator of a nonprofit organization, a homeowner or a renter, you may qualify for this loan offers by the Small Business Administration. EIDLs are intended to provide necessary working capital to help small businesses continue to operate until economic conditions return to [a new] normal. You can find more detailed information about this loan, including terms, rates and qualification criteria, by clicking here.

If you qualify for this loan and decide to apply, we advise you to start collecting your paperwork. The more detailed information you’re able to provide within your application, the more likely you will be to receive the loan. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the sources listed in the resources mentioned above.

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Fantastic “Staycation” Rates for ET Residents

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By Holli (Conley) Fourniquet

Several area accommodations are offering special rates to residents through the end of summer.

Vacations are great, but “staycations” can be just as rewarding. This year, with the growing concern over COVID-19, many people are foregoing the large family vacations in favor of sticking closer to home.

Staycations are often less stressful, more affordable, and can help residents experience the culture of the region that is sometimes missed in everyday life. Not to mention, staycations allow residents the opportunity to support local businesses during this tough season when many businesses are facing hardships.

“Tourism is a major economic driver for Tyler,” Shari Lee, President of Visit Tyler said. “With these special rates, residents are able to feel safe, have a weekend getaway, and put money back into their own community.”

Lodging locations offering special rates are:

  • Holiday Inn Club Vacations Villages Resort: Save up to 20% at this lakefront resort that offers an indoor waterpark, spacious villas, and a full-service marina that offers rentals such as kayaks, paddles boats, pontoon boats, motorboats, fishing poles, and more.
  • High Hill Farm: Get one night in a king bungalow with dinner for two and a hot breakfast in bed at this luxury resort. This intimate vacation retreat combines laid-back luxury with outdoor activities and offers an infinity pool overlooking the vineyard.
  • Rosevine Inn: Get up to 10% off of your stay at Rosevine Inn. This quaint bed and breakfast feature all kinds of outdoor and indoor games on the property. The “Barn” and “Treehouse” are popular areas to spend an evening with board or card games or just relaxing.

During this time, area accommodations have implemented extra safety precautions to keep guests safe during their stay. While each business has their own safety protocols, some of the procedures you can expect include “contactless” payments, requiring staff and guests to wear masks, screening employees for symptoms, enhanced cleaning practices, and minimizing guest contact in elevators, lobbies, etc.

Tyler also offers a wide variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. The City of Tyler offers more than 1,000 acres of public parkland comprised of 27 parks housing playgrounds, athletic fields, walking and biking trails, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts, splash pads, and more.

And that doesn’t even count the Tyler State Park, one of the most popular State Parks in Texas. This 985-acre state park is located right outside of Tyler and is perfect for bird watching, hiking, camping, and more. Get your day passes here, they must be purchased in advance.

Other attractions include Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Municipal Rose Garden, and a selection of museums that offer scientific, artistic, cultural, and historical significance to the area.

Visit Tyler recently launched a digital passport tour, Thirsty Pines Tour. This mobile drinking tour is a great way to explore the area. It features the region’s best craft beverages including coffee, juices, wine, beer, and alcohol. Participants who visit a designated number of locations will receive an exclusive “Go East Texas” stone coaster set. Download the free pass at GoEastTexas.com.

More staycation rates are being added every week. For the latest list of “staycation” rates available, go to VisitTyler.com/Staycation.

Due to concerns about the coronavirus, many venues have added safety precautions, different operating hours, and other protocols to keep staff and guests safe. Please check individual websites and social media for the latest updates.

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Daytrip to Tyler

Have a Bloomin’ Good Time in Tyler

By Holli Fourniquet

Vacations are great, but “staycations” can be just as rewarding. This year, many people are making the decision to stay a little closer to home instead of traveling abroad. Staycations are often less stressful, more affordable, and can help you experience the culture of your region that is sometimes missed in everyday life. Not to mention, staycations allow you the opportunity to support local businesses during this tough season when many businesses are facing hardships.

Tyler’s charming brick streets and outdoor spaces offer a bouquet of possibilities for your family’s staycation: fun attractions, a wide variety of shopping, restaurants, history, and more.

With the largest municipal rose garden in America (featuring more than 500 varieties of roses), the splendor of the Downtown historic districts, and the scenic views of Tyler State Park, it’s not hard to see why Tyler is known as a natural beauty.

Eat & Drink

Even when you’re on a staycation, you still have to eat. Sink your teeth into the Tyler culture by trying one of many delicious restaurants in the area. There’s a unique variety of dining options available for every taste bud because here in Tyler you can have your cake and eat it too!

Tyler offers unique, locally owned, and operated establishments as well as some of your big name favorites. From elegant lakeside dining and great brunch spots to fun-infused Downtown locations and food trucks, Tyler has enough options to make a foodie’s tummy start to growl.

Branch out, and try a restaurant that you have never tried before. Support a small local establishment for the first time and get a real feel for Tyler’s food culture. Stay up to date on the latest protocols at local restaurants here: EguideMagazine.com/EatLocalTyler.

If you’d rather stay home and cook, make an excursion to a farmer’s market instead of the grocery store to grab a little local flavor to add to your homemade dishes. The farmer’s markets in Tyler are experiences in and of themselves, and they offer a wide variety of products you never knew were grown locally.

Explore the region’s beverages with the Thirsty Pines Tour. This free self-guided tour is a mobile drinking passport experience connecting you to the region’s top craft beverage purveyors. The pass features the best in coffee shops, wine bars, breweries, and even a distillery in the piney woods.

The featured businesses are located in Tyler, Lindale, Longview, and a few places in between. Those who visit a designated number of locations, will receive an exclusive “Go East Texas” stone coaster set and have their name submitted into the Grand Prize Getaway drawing. Download the pass and start sippin’ at GoEastTexas.com.

Outdoors

Because being outside has been proven to boost your focus and recharge your mind’s batteries, nature tourism is on the rise. If there’s one thing Tyler is known for, it’s for the area’s beauty. Nestled serenely in the piney woods of East Texas, Tyler offers some pretty great landscapes to get outdoors.

The City of Tyler offers more than 1,000 acres of public parkland comprised of 27 parks housing playgrounds, athletic fields, walking and biking trails, tennis courts, multi-purpose courts, splash pads, and more.

And that doesn’t even count the Tyler State Park, one of the most popular State Parks in Texas. The beauty of East Texas awaits you at this 985-acre State Park located right outside of Tyler. It’s the perfect place for bird watching with more than 200 species of birds identified at the Park. It is also home to a number of East Texas animals including white-tailed deer, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, reptiles, armadillos, opossums, and more. Accommodations at the park include cabins, RV hookups, and tent camping. Get your day passes here, they must be purchased in advance.

You can’t talk about outdoor attractions in Tyler, and not mention the world-famous Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and Tyler Botanical Garden. No other town in Texas lays claim to a budding heritage quite like Tyler’s. The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden features 14 acres of 32,000 rose bushes of more than 500 varieties.

Roses are in full peak in fall and early summer, but with the addition of the Tyler Botanical Garden, the garden is in bloom year-round. The Tyler Botanical Garden is made up of four demonstration gardens that are cared for by the local Master Gardeners. It includes an expansive Japanese Maple collection and the camellia and day lily collections, among many other beautiful blooms.

Other fun outdoor attractions include Caldwell Zoo, Tiger Creek Refuge, Lake Tyler Recreational areas, and more.

Tyler’s History & Museums

With a goal toward education and preservation, Tyler area museums offer scientific, artistic, cultural, and historical significance. Not to mention – just good, clean family fun!

Tyler boasts a full spectrum of options including a nationally recognized “premier” art museum attracting world-class exhibitions as well as local artists to museums that offer a glimpse into Tyler’s history.

There are also several historic homes in the area that are on display during special events throughout the year or visit the Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum, which has regular business hours.

Shopping

Shop ‘til you drop because Tyler is filled with great, locally-owned shops, as well as the big-name stores you know and love. Situated about halfway between Dallas and Shreveport, Tyler ranks as the largest retail hub in East Texas.

Tyler is home to two large shopping malls that have a great reputation across the state as well as several charming boutique shops where you can find locally crafted items, high end products, and more.

Tyler’s huge regional retail market pulls people from all over the area. Find Tyler gifts and souvenirs right in Downtown Tyler at the Visit Tyler Visitor Center located in the Plaza Tower on the square. Tyler is the perfect place for your next shopping spree.

Stay

Just because a staycation means you’re staying in the area, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy overnight accommodations. Getting out of the house can be good for the soul. Tyler has a variety of unique places to stay including quaint bed and breakfasts, hotels, resorts, and cabins.

Tyler has accommodations to fit every budget and need. During this time, each location has its own safety protocols, but some of the safety procedures you can expect include contactless payments, minimizing guest contact in elevators and lobbies, enhanced cleaning practices, and more.

Several properties are also offering special staycation rates for residents. These first-class accommodations and their friendly staff will help you feel welcome in your home away from home.

Living in a city that offers some of the best attractions in Texas, there is so much for you to experience right in your own backyard! If you just need to get away from it all, but don’t want to take a big family vacation right now, take a vacation at home. We encourage you to break away from the ordinary, and explore Tyler. For a full list of attractions, restaurants, and other staycation ideas go to VisitTyler.com.

During this time, you are encouraged to either call or check the website/social media of each location when planning your staycation before visiting as businesses might have different operating hours and/or protocols.

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“Four Pedals of the Rose:” Fresh Air & Free Swag

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With warm weather arriving in Tyler, outdoors is a destination for enthusiasts who want to bike, hike, and walk on local trails.

And now, more than ever, being outside is a safe fun place to be – breathing the fresh clean air and seeing the beauty of #tylertx.

The Tyler Parks and Recreation department and the Tyler Bicycle Club continue the “Ride the Four Pedals” initiative, encouraging all ages to ride, run, or walk all four of the designated trails and be a part of nature.

The “Four Pedals of the Rose” is a series of four trails that stretch more than 33 miles and showcase both the city’s urban landscape and its natural beauty. Trails in Faulkner Park, Tyler State Park, the University of Texas at Tyler, and Lindsey Park attract locals and visitors alike. The 10-mile Lindsey Park trail, designed by professional cyclist Nevada Thompson, was completed in 2013 as the newest addition to the network, and was developed as a joint project between the city and many volunteers.

The four designated trails (Lindsey Park Trail, Faulkner Park Trail, The Tyler State Park Trail and the UT Tyler Trail) are designed for runners, walkers, and bicyclists of all ability levels, and each one is different. Beginners can ride parts of each trail and work their way up to the more challenging sections. Lindsey has more open spaces, and Faulkner has more twists and turns, Tyler State Park offers many challenging elevation changes and has been called one of the best trails in Texas. The UT Tyler trail is a shorter option but still offers a fun time.

People who ride, run, or walk all four trails are encouraged to fill out a form online, and will receive an “I Rode the Four Pedals of the Rose” decal from Tyler’s Parks and Recreation Department proclaiming their accomplishment.  

Trail maps are available at

Here is the Ride the Four Pedals Submission Form.

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