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Reimagining the Region, Retail

Small Businesses Thankful for Regular Customers

By JOSELYN KING Staff Writer For much of 2020, hairstyling salons were closed in Ohio, but that didn’t stop some regular customers from continuing to support A Cut Above hair salon in Martins Ferry. “It was our customer base that kept us afloat,” said owner Chris Cole. “We had ...

Help Is Out There for Starting a Business

By ROBERT A. DEFRANK Staff Writer Starting a business in the hopefully post-COVID-19 world of 2021 can be an intimidating undertaking, but there are resources available to help people who want to take that step. St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce Director Wendy Anderson said ...

Restaurant Owners Roll With the Punches

By ERIC AYRES Staff Writer The past year has been a roller coaster ride for local restaurant owners and managers, who have had to roll with the punches through the ever-changing health and safety protocols that have come in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being affected by the ...

Success Hinges on Connecting With New Customers

By ALAN OLSON Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic struck businesses to different degrees, and though their need to connect to customers is constant, their ability and means to do so have not been. The Fat Apple, a bakery in Bridgeport, was allowed to stay open during the pandemic — as a ...

Hardware Stores See More DIY-ers Amid Virus

By SHELLEY HANSON Staff Writer The COVID-19 pandemic — because of its orders, curfews and cause for concerns in general — meant more people stayed at home during the past year. This left many people with time to take a closer look at what needed to be done to their homes in terms ...

Online Grocery Shopping Surges During Pandemic

By SCOTT McCLOSKEY Staff Writer As the COVID-19 pandemic grew in its early days, grocery stores were among the chief businesses to feel the hit. Not only did occupancy limits hold down the number of people that could shop there at any given time, many locals would rather not take the ...

Previously 24-Hour Stores Still Under Reduced Hours

By CARRI GRAHAM Staff Writer Many stores that previously operated 24 hours a day have shortened their hours of service amid the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to serve customers under that model for the foreseeable future. Some local Kroger grocery stores previously were open around ...