ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) – Small companies have been hit extremely onerous by the pandemic, making this yr’s Small Enterprise Saturday extra vital than ever.
Household-owned companies have been already combating an uphill battle in opposition to huge chains and on-line retailers earlier than the pandemic, and this yr they’ve confronted unprecedented challenges with shutdowns and coronavirus-related restrictions.
Monica Evans owns Leander Blue Boutique within the Camayo Arcade in Ashland. She says it’s been extraordinarily gradual the previous couple of weeks as coronavirus numbers within the state have risen.
“I’m simply hoping this vacation season it picks again up once more,” she stated. “A number of different companies within the space have observed a lower in gross sales.”
She desires the general public to know security measures stay in place in shops like hers. She’s hoping Small Enterprise Saturday marks a reversal of the latest gross sales droop.
“Small Enterprise Saturday, particularly right here within the Camayo Arcade in Ashland, is normally one in every of our greatest gross sales days for your complete yr, so we’re all simply hoping and praying we nonetheless have a superb turnout,” she stated.
Close by, a store referred to as Time Warp is confronted with making ready for an annual buying custom the place they hope to herald numerous prospects whereas ensuring they don’t get too shut to one another.
Proprietor Earl Mollette says they’ll be limiting 12 prospects within the retailer at a time.
“It’s been a tough yr for lots of small companies,” Mollette stated. “We’ve been fortunate. We’ve stayed busy. We’ve carried out a variety of curbside service, and stuff like that that’s helped. I anticipate a giant turnout this yr.”
Mollette says they’ll be doing numerous particular person merchandise gross sales.
In accordance with a research, about three in 4 small enterprise homeowners have stated they want vacation spending to return to regular with a purpose to keep in enterprise in 2021.
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