Nearly a year after the COVID-19 pandemic, two local businesses reflect on the challenges faced

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — In March 2020, businesses in Terre Haute were faced with an unforseen challenge; the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, local restaurants and shops reflect on the hardships.

Julie Hamilton, owner of Bliss Bridal Bar, says her business started two months prior to being forced to shut down.

“We felt pretty confident if we could just make it through this year, we could see the light on the other side.” Hamilton said. “And we have, but it was stressful. When nobody is shopping and you literally have to shut your doors, it’s pretty tough.”

While being shut down, Bliss Bridal Bar also dealt with the cancellation of multiple weddings and closed venues.

Nearly a year later, the store is regaining business steadily seeing up to 10 appointments a week.

“We’re looking really good, I think everyone is encouraged. We are encouraged by everyone coming out supporting local businesses,” Hamilton said.

Across town, Delish Cafe has yet to gain back their cliental.

“It’s been a real struggle on us. We have lost most of our business, we have about 15% of our business left. We are building back up a little bit a time,” Manager, Karla Collester, said.

With little revenue being made Delish Cafe is now down to half of their original staff.

“I can’t make no promises to none of my girls on my staff. But, we’ll do the best with what we got,” Collester said.

After seeing some of their best business last March, staff at Delish Cafe now wait and hope for better days.

“It’s a lot and we really hope soon we’ll be where we were before. We’ll have a full restaurant and a full staff,” Senk Delich, Owner of Delish Cafe said.

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