Over the last six months, Victoria Bennett and Claire Pearson have been forced to rethink how to do business at two locations of Bennett’s Market and Deli during the pandemic. Now with winter approaching, large catering jobs cancelled, and deli and dine-in service down by 50 percent, the pair are banking on Atlanta’s typically mild fall weather to sustain their latest venture: bespoke picnic baskets.

It’s been a year since Bennett and Pearson opened the second location of Bennett’s Market and Deli along the Eastside Beltline trail. Bennett’s first opened seven years ago on the corner of Boulevard and Rosalie Street in Grant Park on Atlanta’s east side.