Hawaiian boat tour owner is "carefully rebuilding" after tsunami damage

Jan 26, 2022
Sea Quest Hawaii's business was already down 30% from omicron when the tsunami caused $100,000 in damage to its office.
Sea Quest Hawaii's Kona office was the only building in the area to sustain substantial damage, owner Manu Powers says.
Sea Quest Hawaii

Queer-centered cycling cafe in LA offers comfort food and community

Jan 21, 2022
We hear from Erin Detroit Vesey, owner and chef at Detroit Vesey's, " a space to just kind of feel safe and accepted."
Detroit Vesey's hosts an AIDS/Lifecycle ride event. Erin Detroit Vesey was inspired by their experience on the ride.
Courtesy of Erin Detroit Vesey

Automotive supply chain issues haven't driven this mechanic mom out of business

Jan 17, 2022
When Erin Gomes opened her repair shop in March 2020, it was deemed an essential business. That helped keep it up and running.
Erin Gomes, owner of Bavarium Autoworks in Mountain View, California, at the shop with her youngest son, Johnny. The mother of three said running the business while taking care of her kids is no easy feat.
Erin Gomes

As a microbusiness, surviving the pandemic means taking it one day at a time

Jan 11, 2022
On top of pandemic disruptions, supply chain issues make running a business — including a small cheese shop — even more challenging.
Lydia Clarke owns DTLA Cheese in downtown Los Angeles. Nothing is easy for the business right now, she says. “It's a constant pivot.”
Photo courtesy Lydia Clarke

So how good were the holidays for retailers?

Jan 4, 2022
Three small-business owners weigh in on how the shopping season went for them.
Despite a spike in coronavirus cases, retail sales were strong during the holiday season.
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After 18 months on lists of Black-owned businesses, her clothing company is "leveling out"

Dec 23, 2021
Aliya Wanek's clothing line is still more popular than it was in 2019, so she reduced her hours at her day job.
Aliya Wanek now works part-time as a speech therapist to devote more time to her clothing business.
Photo courtesy Aliya Wanek

Hot property market puts Nashville record shop, and other small businesses, at risk

Dec 17, 2021
The owners of the Groove are struggling to come up with $500,000 to buy the bungalow that houses their store.
The Groove is a small record shop whose owners hope to buy the property they work in so the business can survive.
Paige Pfleger

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Brexit import changes are still painful for London honey seller after 2 years

Dec 7, 2021
After a strong summer, a London honey seller is dealing with the coronavirus omicron variant and changing trade policy on animal goods.
A beekeeper in northwestern Italy. New laws governing imports of animal byproducts in the United Kingdom go into effect in January.
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Can you teach an old antiques business new tricks?

Dec 6, 2021
This San Francisco antiques business got its start by looking to the past. Now it's trying to prepare for an uncertain future.
Shippodo Fine Arts in the San Francisco Bay area primarily focuses on Japanese and Chinese antiques.
Photo courtesy of Ryosuke Ueda

Why this plant nursery drives cross-country to hand-deliver orders: “There's not a lot of wiggle room”

Nov 24, 2021
Rising freight rates and delayed deliveries are forcing a Wisconsin plant nursery to find ways around the supply chain tie-ups.
Knight Hollow Nursery in Middleton, Wisconsin, specializes in propagations of high-value ornamental trees, shrubs and fruit crops.
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