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story.lead_photo.caption The sign at Girls Gone Wine in Hochatown, Oklahoma, says the business is "openish." Curbside pickup is available. Photo by Lori Dunn / Texarkana Gazette.

HOCHATOWN, Oklahoma — Like many establishments these days, Girls Gone Wine is "openish."

Girl's Gone Wine is a boutique winery, tasting room and gift shop founded several years ago by three friends.

It and other restaurants, bars and wineries in this tourist town are usually bustling during warm spring days. But like everything else, they have been affected by COVID-19.

"We even have a sign outside that says we are 'openish,'" said co-owner Michelle Finch.

.Girl's Gone Wine on U.S. Highway 259 is offering curbside pickup for customers.

"We voluntarily started doing curbside pickup last week. We evaluated everything and the multiple amount of things in here that people can touch and voluntarily switched over," Finch said.

The store owners also modified items on its website for curbside pickup.

Items include frozen winaritas in several flavors, pretzels, corkscrews and Girls Gone Wine's distinctive pink polka dot wine glasses.

"It's everything you would need to take back to your cabin. We still have people who are choosing to come up here and stay in their cabins," she said.

Finch said the goal of curbside pickup is to cover the payroll for the full-time employees.

Employees have been taking turns managing online orders and answering phone calls. Customers can fill out their orders online and pick them up a short time later or fill out a paper order form outside the store.

Finch said so far its been worth doing it.

"We are trying to keep spirits up. We found a cow bell and ring the bell every time someone orders something," Finch said.

Across the highway at The Blue Rooster, a restaurant that specializes in seafood, customers can also pick up food to go.

The parking lot of the Blue Rooster and Grateful Head in Hochatown, Oklahoma, are almost empty since the restaurants are doing take-out orders only.
Photo by Lori Dunn/Texarkana Gazette.

The restaurant may also be adding delivery soon.

"The owners are trying to make sure their employees are taken care of," said Manager Lauren Rainbolt. "We are trying to stay positive. It's all you can do," Rainbolt said.

The Grateful Head Pizza Oven and Tap Room next door has been providing customers take out only since March 18.

Only a few cars were parked in front of the two restaurants on a recent afternoon, when parking is normally hard to come by.

Janine Carter, owner of property management company Beavers Bend Adventures, has changed the company's cancellation policy so tourists who cancelled recently will not be penalized.

"There have been more people than you think wanting to come up," Carter said.

"They said 'Why not?' They are self-quarantined in a beautiful place."

"We are just going to take things one week at a time. We're going to hang in there, and hope we can find toilet paper," Carter laughed.

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