At this toy shop, the kids are finally coming back

Apr 7, 2021
Irene Kesselman, owner of Ali Cat Toys in North Carolina, describes what she's seeing this spring.
Ali Cat Toys made over 50 Easter baskets, Irene Kesselman said, with "a lot of stuffed bunnies and rabbits and lambs."
Courtesy of Irene Kesselman

An epidemiologist reflects on her pandemic child care decision

Apr 5, 2021
“I think I made the best decision I could,” said Whitney Robinson, a professor and public health expert.
When schools and day cares shut down last spring, epidemiologist Whitney Robinson faced a choice.
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“Dog and human alike, we just have to figure it out”

Mar 26, 2021
Dogs returning to pet-care facilities are acting differently than before the pandemic.
Tara Robertson, owner of PupStars Pet Care in Chicago, works with one of her canine customers.
Courtesy of Tara Robertson

For this fly-fishing outfitter, demand is outpacing supply

Feb 26, 2021
Has fly fishing become too popular during the pandemic? A Georgia outfitter shares his story about keeping up with demand.
People "go fishing a lot more than they used to," says Gary Merriman, who owns a fly-fishing store. "Everybody wants to be outside."
Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

Attention job seekers: “We all have worth, we all have value”

Feb 5, 2021
A story about job hunting from a job-hunting counselor. “I learned a valuable lesson,” says Carolyn Kennard of Texas.
Carolyn Kennard, a regional facilitator at the Houston-Galveston division of nonprofit Workforce Solutions, leads a career workshop for high school students in 2019.
Workforce Solutions – Houston, Texas

Grounded by pandemic, this pilot hopes to fly again soon

Dec 15, 2020
How one commercial airline pilot has been making ends meet during the pandemic.
Before the pandemic, Nick Gifford flew passengers around Europe as a commercial airline pilot.
Courtesy Nick Gifford

How a coffee company CEO is getting through the pandemic

Oct 14, 2020
Keba Konte, CEO of Red Bay Coffee based in Oakland, California, recounts the challenges his business has faced due to the pandemic.
Keba Konte, CEO of Red Bay Coffee based 
 in Oakland, California.
Courtesy of Keba Konte/Red Bay Coffee

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His Houston food truck business has become “very hit or miss”

Aug 11, 2020
With traditional revenue sources like office buildings closed, one food truck owner explains the challenges he's facing during the pandemic.
Jose Sanchez's new food truck business had just picked up when COVID-19 started closing office buildings, a major source of customers.
Courtesy of Jose Sanchez.

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