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FEATURE - "Stand Together: Offering strength and support to a local business"

TREMONTON – By Cari Doutre – April 8, 2020

Inside the tightknit group of members that belong to Bear River Strength & Conditioning in Tremonton, are more than 165 hearts of gold hidden under bodies that undergo intense physical training and personal strength.

On March 16, 2020, the Bear River Health Department strongly advised that all gyms, or physical fitness centers, in that health district close their doors to prevent further spreading of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Bear River Strength & Conditioning followed that advisement.

So, what did BRSC do in this situation? First, they quickly integrated technology and strength and conditioning training into the homes of their individual members. Then they decided to offer their support to another local business also learning to adapt to these changes during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Kyle Bubak doesn’t know Chad and Karla Munns on a personal level. Bubak owns BRSC and the Munns’ own the Grille restaurant and Bear River Bowling Center.

Both businesses are located across the street from one another on Main Street on the west side of Tremonton. Both businesses are also under tight regulations, and mandatory orders on how they can conduct business right now.

In a move to help prevent the COVID-19 from spreading, the Utah Department of Health issued an order on March 17, 2020, that all restaurants, bars and food services in Utah suspend all dine-in operations for two weeks. Takeout and delivery options are still available, with a few extra precautions to be made.

The order took effect on March 18, at 11:59 p.m. On April 1, the Utah Department of Health extended that order to April 15.

What that meant for the Grille, and all other dine-in restaurants in Utah, was that normal business practices were going to change, and in a big way.

The Grille promoted their takeout options for customers but without dine-in customers it made things a little uncertain. The community, and their faithful customers, stepped up to help. In this case, even strangers offered to help the Grille.

Bubak, and the 165 members of BRSC launched a fundraising campaign on March 26 to sell company apparel (shirts, hats, sweats and hoodies) and donate half of the proceeds directly to another locally owned and operated small business. Story continues below...

Kyle Bubak, Karla Munns and Kamryn Williams - Courtesy photo

It only took them 10 days to accomplish this campaign they named aptly named “STAND TOGETHER.”

“We just put together all of our resources,” Bubak said.

“We thought it would help pay bills and stay afloat,” he added.

When it came time to present their fundraising efforts (a check) to the Grille on Tuesday, April 7, it came as a complete surprise to the Munns.


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