Hello Crostwater Family and Future Guests:
The following describes our decision going forward and request for your support comes with considerable thought, pain, concern for our Crostwater family, and duty as both a public service and as private citizens. The notes below are not short, but it is important to share and we ask that you take a few moments out of your busy day to read them. We appreciate everyone’s support to date and hope and pray that Crostwater is a future part of the community.
This has been a tough year for small business. Service, food service, and hospitality and related channels have been severely impacted by the pandemic. The subsequent state orders influencing the ability to make a living, provide social balance, and allow for the right to assemble have further impacted small businesses and families. Per the US Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, in 2019 the US small business employment made up 47.3 percent of the private workforce. “The top three industries for U.S. small business employment are (1) health care and social assistance, (2) accommodation and food services, and (3) retail trade.” https://advocacy.sba.gov/2019/04/24/small-businesses-drive-job-growth-in-united-states-they-account-for-1-8-million-net-new-jobs-latest-data-show/#:~:text=The%202019%20Small%20Business%20Profiles,during%20the%20latest%20year%20studied.&text=Among%20its%20findings%2C%20the%202019,annual%20rate%20of%203.4%20percent. It is now 2020 and it is estimated that somewhere between 40-60 percent of these businesses will permanently close.
The big challenge is weighing out personal risk with long term society affects on reduced social interactions, the ability to maintain income to feed your family and pay your mortgage, and the overall economic impact. For us as a small business, the impact will be quite significant. The other, and possibly more important issue is the public acquiescence of an erosion on our Constitutional Freedoms by imposed mandates that directly infringe on our rights as citizens as protected under the Bill of Rights. If it is illegal for a private citizen or another business to prevent an individual from making an honest living, why would we, as a free Democratic Republic, allow the government to do so? We have attached pertinent portions of the Constitution’s Bill of Rights for reference.
In order to hopefully prevent the permanent death of our business and the related psychological side effects, and to provide a safe place for our patrons who CHOOSE to come to our establishment, we have implemented a series of best-in-class mitigation and sanitizing protocols with products to minimize risk, while providing a place to exercise individual freedom to choose to assemble and socialize. These are explained below with visuals. It is very important to clarify, we will be open for the individual who chooses to visit our business for food, friends, family, and beverages as their personal right to do so. For those at high risk or for those who do not wish to be out in public, we completely understand and respect your right to CHOOSE to stay at home and we will continue to provide take out services with touchless curbside to go. That is the great part of living in the USA. YOU – the PEOPLE, get to choose. Dictators are not permitted in our system of government. We will never judge or bully anyone who believes they need to make a different choice. That is the key, freedom of choice.
A History and An Explanation of Safety Protocols:
When the pandemic first hit home on March 16th, we spent the next week trying to figure out how we were going to survive a permanent closure. We decided to fight to stay open in some capacity as many small businesses did the same thing. We added online ordering, curbside pickup, a new app for your phone to place orders, touchless ordering, increased cleaning/sanitizing efforts, and as a distillery, we started making hand sanitizer to help the public. We still have hand sanitizer today, but the public quickly forgot about us when the Purell’s of the world bought the business back with insanely low prices and then failed to deliver products reliably. Regardless, hand sanitizer is still available at Crostwater. For a period, the hand sanitizer provided jobs for many people including others from the hospitality industry who were laid off.
Then the state closed the liquor stores for 6 weeks and our business took off for that short period. Between that and PPP, we made it to July. Then the 25% capacity rule, the pull back by the public supporting hand sanitizer through distilleries as memory fades and the box stores and grocery stores were open, as well as the liquor stores re-opening sent us back to a meager income. We had to close for 2 months as we tried to figure out how to operate.
In the meantime, we educated ourselves on disinfecting products and decided to start making a product that is completely non-toxic. Due to our system for purified water, we had a large portion of the system in place from our spirits production to also be utilized to make an alternate, non-alcohol based, non-toxic, zero hazard solution for dealing with pathogens. It is called Zero Hazard and detailed information can be found at www.zerohazard.com. In addition, we developed some unique disinfecting/sanitizing dispensing methods to make a safe space for our guests. As with all pathogens, no mitigation efforts are perfect including quarantines. However, we have a proactive mitigation method that outperforms all other restaurants. And we can state that with complete confidence.
It is important to note we have three different HVAC systems. Our Kitchen has a 100% outside air makeup recirculating system keeping our food area safe. This allows for clean air exchange continuously. Our tasting room is a separate system, and our office has a third system.
Every day, before and after customer hours, we run our 100% non-toxic HOCl (Hypochlorous Acid) solution to treat the entire area. It takes 5 minutes to treat the tasting room and kitchen. It is safe to run with people in the room but, we understand that some patrons will be hesitant to be in the room while operating. So, until the public is completely educated, we run the units while only we are in the facility. As we help educate the customer base, we anticipate it will be common practice to treat the room while occupied by guests given the safe nature of the product. A key factor of HOCl is that it is made naturally in the human body to fight pathogens. And it is over 100 times more effective than bleach.
In our tasting room, we run our fogging unit.
In our kitchen, we run our custom designed pump system to fog the full kitchen and treat for pathogens.
We also use the product for our tables between service.
Crostwater will be supporting the personal freedoms of the individual while also implementing protocols for the safety of community, and we hope you can support us to make it through this unique time. We want to re-assure everyone that we are doing more for creating a safe space than the government can figure out on their own. This is demonstrated in the great lengths we have taken to implement methods to treat the space that are not being discussed in the health presentations by the state. Recent studies conducted show that less than 2% of all COVID cases can be attributed to restaurants and bars. Another study released on December 23rd that studied over 10 million people, showed that asymptomatic people who have tested positive for COVID have ZERO ability to spread the virus. Basically, masks do not work for asymptomatic people. However; if you are sick or have symptoms, please stay home. Symptomatic people spread the virus.
Through adversity comes ingenuity. We believe choice, freedom, civil liberties, social interaction, and the support of great friends and family are important to maintain the best country in the world. We are fighting to stay afloat while putting the customer first. We look forward to your support.
Kindest Regards and Sincere Thanks,
Vicki and Kevin Close, and the entire Crostwater Family
The U.S. Bill of Rights
The Preamble to The Bill of Rights
Congress of the United States begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.
THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.
RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution;
ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.
Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the "Bill of Rights."
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
Passed by Congress June 13, 1866. Ratified July 9, 1868.
Note: Article I, section 2, of the Constitution was modified by section 2 of the 14th amendment.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.