Small Business
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A day in the life of business survivors

Business | Jan. 9 was one more day of the pandemic. With national unemployment hovering at 7 percent and the stock market near all-time highs, 20 World Journalism Institute students sought street-level views of how small businesses in America and beyond were faring
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 1/28/21, 07:33 am

On Jan. 9 Mark Canty, an Air Force veteran and owner of Eatz in Bristol, Va., taped off five of his tables, leaving six for customers. Two were occupied at lunchtime as Canty pulled six racks of ribs and four half-chickens out of his smoker. 

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Sharon Dierberger

More than a pharmacy

Business | Looters and arson in the Twin Cities destroyed a beloved neighborhood drugstore, but owner Jim Stage is confident God works in the restoration business
by Sharon Dierberger
Posted 7/02/20, 04:43 pm

They shattered display windows and the glass front door and rushed in, swinging crowbars and golf clubs, grabbing merchandise, and throwing chairs. Many of the hundred-plus looters made a beeline behind the counter, yanking bottles and packages of prescription drugs off the shelves. They destroyed what they didn’t steal, and all evening groups of mostly young men tramped in and out, snatching and smashing. Then several of them looked up and spray-painted over the surveillance cameras, and Jim Stage’s screen went blank. 

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Photo by Harrison Watters

The road to reopening

Coronavirus | Businesses around the U.S. are reopening after the coronavirus pandemic, but different places face different challenges
by Harrison Watters, Carolina Lumetta, Naomi Balk, Maria Ferraro, Grace Snell, Addalai Nowlin, Elias Ferenczy & Mhari Reid
Posted 6/11/20, 03:51 pm

Hair doesn’t stop growing in social isolation. That’s why on May 25, when John Floyd reopened the Brownsboro Center Barber Shop in Louisville, Ky., customers wearing face masks were waiting outside. Floyd began work at 4:30 a.m. that day and stayed busy until his shop closed 14 hours later. 

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