For some small businesses, the uncertainties of reopening might be greater than lockdown

May 25, 2020
A vintage cafe and clothing store adapted to lockdown with a new business model. What will a partial reopening mean?
Heartfelt Vintage usually serves teas and cakes to its customers.
Courtesy Kate Ashwell

Tackling the unpredictable gig work of Broadway

Jan 13, 2020
Stagehand John Hatch has been underemployed for more than eight months.
Hatch and a coworker at the 2017 Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. He was then working on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
Courtesy John Hatch

Seaweed sellers worry about tariffs, too

Dec 26, 2019
Fiona Houston co-founded Mara Seaweed five years ago. The company is expanding, but tariffs and geopolitics have been concerning.
Fiona Houston, co-founder of Mara Seaweed, harvesting off the Scottish coast.
Angus Bremner

Preparing for retirement, one Google search at a time

Dec 17, 2019
"I'm realizing I don't even know what I don't know," said Janet Johnson, 63.
Janet Johnson and her husband, Duane Esarey.
Photo courtesy of Janet Johnson

Painting the ski industry, one trail map at a time

Nov 20, 2019
If you've gone skiing in the last 30 years, there's a good chance you've used a trail map painted by James Niehues.
James Niehues works in his home studio in Parker, Colorado.
Lindsay Pierce Morgan

Why a county historian closely watches the economy

Oct 14, 2019
Holly Kirkendall is worried about budgeting by the museum she works at and the discretionary income of its visitors.
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From recession to celebration, the business of wedding vows

Oct 3, 2019
During the financial crisis, two writers found their way into the wedding business.
A bride reads her vows at a ceremony officiated by Angie Sommer.
Amanda Wei

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How a college degree can change your relationship with your family

Sep 24, 2019
Heather Cantua Phillips owns more than both her parents combined, and that's put a strain on their relationship.
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Taking on this economy as a newly single parent

Sep 17, 2019
Hillary Barbour recently ended a nine-year marriage. "My radar is a lot more sensitive now to things that are happening in the market."
Hillary Barbour working at a Portland food festival.
Courtesy of Hillary Barbour

Building a marketplace for voices

Sep 5, 2019
The managing director of Voquent weighs in on the voice-over economy.
Miles Chicoine, left, founding managing director at Voquent.
Courtesy of Voquent