We're Open, Tallahassee: Madison County's C&E Market Place donates to keep community strong

Posted at 6:32 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 18:32:26-04

MADISON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open

A Madison County small business owner is opening his heart and wallet to support those on the front lines.

The owner of C&E Market Place in Madison County says his father is in a nursing home and his sister is a certified nursing assistant, so to show his appreciation for all the caregivers he recently donated breakfast to everyone at the hospital, the two nursing homes, and EMTs.

Donnell Davis returned to Madison County where he grew up to open the grocery store and deli, C&E Market Place two years ago. It remained open during the pandemic as an essential place for people to get groceries and food.

His motto is rebuilding our community.

With more places re-opening, Davis has now temporarily closed the grocery section until June 3 to add enhancements to improve the health and safety of employees and customers, including adding a glass barrier over the buffet and installing fiberglass partitions at the registers.

"We don't want to see this come back up again, and I know we take it for granted, but you can't take people's lives for granted," said Davis. "I know I'm never going to be rich at C&E Market Place, I'm not trying to be rich. But I do want to be able to save a couple of lives, and embrace it and try to make it better for the community."

While C&E is not welcoming dine-in guests just yet, they are still serving food, offering carryout, delivery and catering.

They're also giving 20 percent off food to first responders and healthcare workers.

If you're a business supporting our community, we want to hear from you.

ABC 27 has made it easy to submit your own business.

This is not just Tallahassee. South Georgia small businesses, we want to hear from you too!

Click on the We're Open, Tallahassee tab at the top of the ABC 27 website. Then, tell us your story by filling out the section to the right.

It's our way of letting people know you are open for business, and how they can support you.