ALTAVISTA, Virginia – Robert Pate, the owner of Cyclin ‘Nutz bicycle store, said that since the start of the pandemic he has been trying to find ways to reach customers.
“Believe it or not, there are still a lot of people who don’t know there is a bike shop in Altavista,” Pate said.
Now that is changing. The city of Altavista launches the Distrx mobile application to draw attention to its downtown district.
“It’s really a way, during this COVID pandemic, to easily get information,” said George Sandridge, Main Street coordinator for Altavista.
The app includes a business directory, parking information and a list of events.
Businesses can sign up for free, then upload information, photos, and even promotional content.
Jessica McKay, director of Main Street Café and Coffee, believes this is another way to connect with consumers during COVID.
“Whether people are local or new to the area and don’t know what’s out there, it gives everyone the opportunity to get to know the different businesses in the area,” McKay said.
Pate said the mobile app makes searching online easier.
“This kind of brings it all together. You don’t have to worry about Google searching or searching the Internet, ”Pate said.
Sandridge added that any Main Street community across the country can configure the Distrx app, so visitors receive notifications instantly.
“So if you live in Florida but are visiting here in Altavista; if you have the app, you’ll get a notification as soon as you get to downtown, ”Sandridge said.
Distrx is now available in the Google Play and Apple app stores, but is expected to be completed in April.
Other parts of our area, including Roanoke, Lynchburg, Bedford and Martinsville, also have their own apps.
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