It’s arduous to consider it has been almost a 12 months because the coronavirus pandemic modified all of our lives and introduced regular life to a halt.

That preliminary shutdown of almost all in-person gatherings and most businesses was an extremely darkish time for all of us — none extra so than native businesses.

That’s why final March we launched We’re Open. The initiative was designed to spotlight native businesses and the way you could possibly assist them.

On the time, the one means to patronize our native eating places was by ordering meals to go, so we launched Takeout Tuesday.

Rather a lot has modified since final spring, however one factor hasn’t. Our native businesses are nonetheless struggling.

Although indoor eating resumed and different guidelines relaxed to permit commerce to get again rolling, native businesses are nonetheless battling for survival.

So since final March, we have now continued to inform tales about eating places and different businesses discovering methods to keep open throughout the pandemic.

Leisure reporter Brian Mains and reporter Whitney Miller stay targeted on this subject, together with different workers members.

A few of my favourite tales underneath the We’re Open initiative in the final 12 months embrace:

  • Brian did a narrative about how breweries had been altering their enterprise fashions and including techniques like supply to carry on brewing.
  • Whitney informed us a few native carnival enterprise promoting carnival meals like a meals truck as a result of the annual carnival season didn’t actually occur.
  • Larry Seward checked out how dry cleansing businesses had been adjusting in a time when folks aren’t carrying gown garments as a lot.
  • Whitney profiled 92-year-old Olga Larkin, who nonetheless works eight hours a day making fried rooster at Ron’s Roost in Inexperienced Township.

The tales might have modified slightly, however their significance stays.

Again in March, I wrote: “If we love this area’s meals scene, we have now to be prepared to struggle for it.”

That’s nonetheless true at present and it applies to extra than simply the meals scene. Native businesses are what make Cincinnati particular.

If we worth these native businesses, we want to assist them in their hour of want.

For our half, we are going to proceed to spotlight these businesses and the way they’re adjusting to these tough occasions.

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Mike Canan is the Senior Director of Native Media Content material at WCPO 9. Contact him at mike.canan@wcpo.com. Comply with him on Twitter or Instagram at @Mike_Canan.

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