OCEAN GROVE, NJ -- HomeGrown Host Stephanie Willoughby spoke with Viktoria and Cory Boss, spouses and owners of the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast, about their business operations during the pandemic in New Jersey. The bed and breakfast had been featured in our HomeGrown: Asbury Park episode, which aired last year.
At the end of May, when Willoughby spoke with the couple, the B&B was still closed, and had remained closed throughout the spring as the pandemic took hold in New Jersey. They have since received word that they can open at 50% capacity through July, with extra safety precautions in place.
Remaining closed for those months took a toll both financial and emotional. Between losing reservations, returning deposits, and missing out on walk-in bookings, “we kind of have a triple impact here,” explained Cory Boss. “As the numbers are trending at the moment, we’re about half off of where we normally should be.”
“Ocean Grove generally pulls an older, more mature crowd in,” Cory Boss explained. “If there’s underlying conditions, they’re not coming.” Instead, the B&B is trying to target world travelers and those who have quarantine fatigue and are sick of staying in the house as potential customers.
“I live for my business,” explained Viktoria Boss. “I love the people and it keeps me going, makes me happy, it fulfills my life and that’s not happening and it’s very sad,” she said. “We really miss the fun conversations,” Cory Boss added.
However, as New Jersey enters into its Restart and Recovery Program, the Bosses have been preparing their guidelines for reopening. They plan to institute social distancing, staggered meal service, and maximizing common rooms to only 10 people at a time. Their cleaning protocols, while always stringent, have been stepped up. “The cleanliness and our customer safety is the highest priority for us,” Cory Boss said.
To read more about the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast, including room availability and their updated safety guidelines, visit them online at www.thecarriagehouseoceangrove.com.