Small Business
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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Associated Press/Photo by Jake May/The Flint Journal

Barbers band together against shutdown

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/20/20, 12:02 pm

A Texas hair salon owner traveled to Michigan this week to show solidarity with an embattled barber. Shelley Luther, who spent time in jail for opening her business in Dallas during the state’s coronavirus shutdown, appeared with Karl Manke, 77, who lost his license when he defied Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to keep his Owosso, Mich., barber and beauty shop closed.

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