Business transforms into pop up grocery delivery service to stay afloat

DIXON — Euni’s Palace had to get creative to modify its business plan when Directed Health Measures put in place by the governor prevented ‘business as usual.’

Euni’s, owned by Euni Diediker of Dixon, transformed from a bar and restaurant into a pop-up grocery shop on Mondays. By utilizing the wholesale company, SYSCO, and partnering with local grocery stores such as Gary’s FoodTown and Pac N Save, a weekly service called “Grocery Grab-n-Go” was formed.

The service, which was birthed by the encouragement of local SYSCO rep, Kristie Martin, began April 13 and continued on a weekly basis for 12 weeks, with the final bundle going out June 29.

“My daughters, Dawn Oswald and Diana Badley, knew we needed something to help us along during the Covid crisis,” Eunie said. “When Kristie approached Diana with the idea, they ran with it. They were the brainsin the operation.”

The service grew from 25 bundles the first week to over 140 the final week.

Each bundle included a random variety of fruits, vegetables, juice, and a coupon for future use on use on carry-out orders at Euni’s Palace.

Several people used the service as a way to bless others.

“We would get a few calls per week from locals and out-of-towners alike wanting to purchase bundles to be given anonymously to others,” Badley said.

The trend continued as the weeks went along.

Badley recalls that one week nearly a dozen bundles were left on doorsteps of unsuspecting community members.

“It was really neat to see the good will of people take the front seat during all of this. We enjoyed getting to be the go-betweens to deliver something good to people throughout this time,” she said. “It’s been a fun and blessed ride. The community stepped up and supported locally when we needed it most.”

Everyone’s efforts put tears in Diediker’s eyes.

“I am really grateful for everyone who helped out with this. Thank you is not enough for Kristie, Gary’s, Pac N Save, my family, and everyone who showed up to help, and of course those who supported us by purchasing the bundles. It was great for that season, I’m glad we can be open as Euni’s again.”

Euni’s Palace, which celebrated 35 years in business in 2019, has returned to its original purpose and is now open for drinks, dining in, and carry out.

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