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Small business optimism shrinks as labor shortage, price hikes continue

Aug 10, 2021
Owners expect lower sales and worse business conditions in the coming months, reflected in the NFIB’s declining optimism index.
Though the economy is rebounding from the COVID-19 downdraft, small-business owners expect near-term business conditions to worsen.
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London's theatres welcome visitors back as UK relaxes quarantine restrictions

Aug 2, 2021
The Society of London Theatre estimates 70% of theatres will run out of cash by the end of the year, so they are asking for government help.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: A shop selling West End theater tickets in Leicester Square on June 14, 2021 in London, England.
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Canadian businesses prepare for more U.S. visitors

Jul 16, 2021
It’s been a tough year and a half for Canadian border towns dependent on U.S. tourists.
The gates at an Ontario, Canada, crossing site are closed, but the border could reopen as soon as mid-August.
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Bands are small businesses, too

Jul 1, 2021
When the pandemic hit, Western swing group Asleep at the Wheel lost 75% of its income. So it cut expenses and applied for federal relief funds.
Ray Benson and Katie Shore — then Katie Holmes — of Asleep at the Wheel perform in 2014. Because the band is a small business, it received a PPP loan during the pandemic.
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One New York City wine bar's reopening bet

Jun 24, 2021
Brian Keyser, owner and general manager of Casellula in NYC, is holding out hope that Congress will add money to the Restaurant Revitalization Fund.
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In New York, mixed reactions as pandemic restrictions lift

Jun 16, 2021
Many offices are still closed and mask guidance is inconsistent, but parks in midtown Manhattan are packed at lunchtime.
New York City is bustling again as people are free to socialize and go back to places they've missed.
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How is Broadway getting ready to reopen?

May 11, 2021
Broadway producer Eva Price says getting her show, "Jagged Little Pill," up and running again is like starting over.
New York's hushed theater district in April 2020. "Broadway has persevered for so many decades, I knew we would again," says producer Eva Price.
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How NYC restaurants are preparing for a "full reopening"

Apr 30, 2021
Restaurants need a good estimate of demand to confidently plan their reopenings. But will office workers and tourists return?
For many New York restaurants, whether office workers and tourists return is a key question.
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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.
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Movie theaters reopen without their biggest moneymaker: snacks

Mar 22, 2021
The messy reality of eating in the movies goes against most COVID-19 guidelines about eating indoors and social distancing.
From extra butter to no popcorn, period.
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