Local pie shop, Acme Pie Co., hosted a socially distanced benefit concert to raise funds for neighboring business, Papillon Cycles, on July 31, 2020. In the wake of the pandemic, Arlington’s oldest bike shop has been hit pretty hard with both operating restrictions and supply chain issues leaving the business facing an inability to make rent.

Acme Pie’s owner, Sol Schott, felt compelled to help his business neighbor (both businesses occupy the building at the northeast corner of Columbia Pike and South Walter Reed Dr.). So he went to work converting the shop’s parking lot into a concert hall, complete with a “stage” and 6′ x 6′ squares chalked out for patrons to maintain social distancing. Patrons were also required to wear masks when not eating the food provided by another business neighbor, Sicilian Pizza, and, of course, Acme Pie.

“COVID-19 has been hard on small business and although there is a demand for bikes, Papillon can’t get stock or parts, putting them in a tight spot,” Sol said. “So let’s help them out while having a great time with music, friends and neighbors — and plenty of space between you.”

The five-hour long benefit concert featured live music from local bands Grumbler, Jumping Jupiter, Delarcos, and X-Motorcycle Couriers. Attendees were asked to make a minimum donation of $10 to attend with those who could not attend able to send a donation. In total, the benefit raised $3,000 to help Papillon Cycles make their upcoming rent payment.