We’re Still Open Hudson Valley is a collaborative project between J.T.S. Design, Inc., Gilday Creative, Inc., and Haynes Marketing & Media. The website is a free resource for both “essential” and brick & mortar businesses in the Hudson Valley who are still open during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The idea for this website came about after Principal Jeff Severson began seeing Facebook being flooded with posts, groups, and spreadsheets of all of the businesses who were still open. The amount of information was overwhelming and he felt that a centralized hub for information in the form of a website would be a far better user experience. We then approached our friends at Gilday Creative, Inc. and Haynes Marketing & Media about the idea and collaborating to use each of our own unique skill sets to create a website that would help connect consumers to the businesses that are still open.
As the web developer, J.T.S. Design, Inc. was tasked with acquiring hosting for the project, installing and managing WordPress, converting the design to a responsive, mobile-friendly theme, and developing all underlying functionality including a custom search and the custom post types.
The website launched on March 27th, 2020 and as seen a tremendous amount of traffic. As of the one month anniversary, the website was nearing 600 businesses listed representing 9 of the 10 counties of the Hudson Valley plus Sullivan County.