While some small businesses have only closed their doors temporarily during the lockdown months – taking a hard hit along the way – many businesses, particularly in Illinois, have closed permanently. On the flip side, long lockouts and enduring quarantines offered a lot of extra free time that they never thought they would have and with that, a chance to start new hobbies and creative pursuits. For many, the pandemic has been a window into craftsmanship and ultimately the start of a small business making jewelry, knitting, woodcarving and more. For others, it meant making sure the vendors had their own homes to sell their handicrafts and local products. We spoke about running a small business during the pandemic with three small business owners from central Illinois.
Artist and owner of an In and Out store in Northwoods Mall, Peoria
Owner of Shard of Rhonda
Owner of Unique products
– Nick Vlahos (@VlahosNick) November 9, 2021
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