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Events canceled because of COVID hurt Beverly businesses

For the past three years Curtis Barfield operated Benny’s Beauty Supply in Beverly, but the store is set to close this weekend, in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am closing the business for a couple of reasons and the pandemic is one of them. My store was damaged from the looting that took place last year,” said Barfield, co-owner of the store. “The store was also closed for three months (last year) since it was not deemed an essential business.” The shutdowns and the fear of another lockdown is the main reason he is closing.

The small, Black-owned store at 11109 S. Western Ave. has two employees. Before the COVID shut-down order there were seven, Barfield said. His business got a $10,500 federal loan from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help with payroll. Barfield said he pays $2,250 per month in rent for the store and

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Gov. Abbott praises DeSoto beauty supply store owner for opening and helping other small businesses during pandemic

Lynn’s Beauty Depot opened during the pandemic. Gov. Abbott described the small Black-owned business as a lifeline to other entrepreneurs.

DESOTO, Texas — A new beauty supply shop in North Texas is getting recognized for its owner’s determination and decision to open during the pandemic. 

Lynn’s Beauty Depot opened at 1488 N. Hampton Road in Desoto in June 2020. It’s the first Black-owned, veteran-owned and woman-owned beauty supply store in the city. 

“We took a huge chance,” said owner Rodesia Scott.

Scott, a U.S. Navy veteran, said she took a risk opening a business during a time when coronavirus was forcing other shops to close. 

Governor Gregg Abbott and his team heard about the entrepreneur’s efforts.

“Rodesia opened a brick and mortar beauty supply store in the middle of a pandemic,” said Abbott. 

The governor highlighted Scott and other Texans during his State of the State address this week. 

“She

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Some California businesses going underground during lockdowns

Ever since California went into lockdown to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 last March, many of the state’s “non-essential” businesses have taken their chances operating underground to try to stay above water.

Dozens of businesses in Los Angeles alone have been charged with violating Mayor Eric Garcetti’s “Safer at Home” order.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer has charged dozens of businesses with violations, including car washes, tobacco shops, beauty supply stores, massage parlors, nail salons, pet groomers, and an Egyptian artifact store.

CALIFORNIA LOSES HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS IN 2020

The owners of one Bay area massage business made the decision to reopen underground after 93 days on no income, telling Cal Matters that it came down to either paying “the fine or we

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