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Local Businesses Affected by Coronavirus

    Molly Richards

     As the Corona virus consumes more and more of our daily lives, many local businesses are being affected by this pandemic. 

     One of the most impactful effects the Coronavirus has had is stripping many stores of essential products their customers need because of shopping rushes. 

     In the past week, many customers have gones to the stores for some home essentials such as toilet paper or purel, but have been unable to fin such products anywhere. 

     Big name convient stores like Target and Walmart are completely out of products because of the flood of consumers caused by recent panics of the public. 

     Many local businesses, like Corner Cup Coffee house and Stow Tavern have been closed and offering carryout because of the order put in place by Ohio’s Governor Mike Dewine. 

     However, many small businesses are trying their best to prevail through the virus. Corner Cup Coffee House posted several messages on their social media accounts reassuring customers that doors will still be open during normal business hours, but for takeout orders  and mobile order pickup only. 

     Many businesses have had to resort to only takeout orders as a response to this virus and the governments new orders. 

     Even before the complete shutdown, however, in Hudson, Yours Truly along with the majority of the other restaurants in downtown were losing sales by 50% or more. 

     And now with this shut down, many establishments have had to tell workers not to come in, which in turn prevents many workers from the service industry from getting paychecks. 

     These closings in Stow and Hudson have left many community members unemployed during this hard time.

     According to Wksu, “DeWine will sign an executive order to help the unemployed affected by the pandemic. The order will change Ohio’s unemployment law to enable workers who do not have paid-leave benefits to access unemployment benefits.”

     Although many sit down bars and restaurants have been hurt by this virus, many other food delivery services like ubereats and doordash have picked up in business.

     Some establishments in the community are still holding up against the effects the Coronavirus has had on local businesses, like Handles Ice Cream. As Handles is already technically carryout, they can remain open as long as they are following proper precautions and sanitation guidelines. 

     Even though these precautions are necessary, Dewine has said he understands the impact that these orders have on communities.

     In an article by Wksu, Dewine said, “All the actions we are taking, we are taking for this specific purpose. It is the small businesses, that in an order like this, are hurt the most. I’m fully aware of that.” 

     It is hoped that with Dewins awareness on the issue will come assistance for those businesses and individuals in the community who need the extra support during this time.

 

A Future in Fashion

Ayla Morris

          Waking up in the morning and dressing yourself is hard as it is, but Junior Nora Bryan takes this to a new level. 

     Bryan has a passion for fashion that she intends to follow through. She plans to go into fashion as a career. 

    “I’ve always really loved fashion and more recently developed my own style. I like going against the norms and being different and expressing myself in that way. I am interested in fashion design but I also think merchandising is interesting too so I’m not sure yet!” Bryan said. 

       Bryan has a unique style that is all her own. Bryan does not even have a role model.

      “I don’t really have a particular person but just people that aren’t afraid to be themselves and wear what they want for themselves only not to please anyone or to fit in,” Bryan says. 

     Not fitting in is not a big deal for Bryan at all, she welcomes it. Bryan’s number one pick for shopping is at the thrift store. 

    “Sustainability and the thrift store has the coolest unique pieces, also it’s very adorable,” Bryan says. 

     Not only is Bryan into fashion but she also is into selling her fashionable clothing. 

      “ I started on instagram juts getting rid of old clothes (shoutout to norabcloset) but instead of taking pictures of the clothes juts in a hanger I styled them and took pictures of them how I would wear them to switch it up and make them more appealing to my audience/buyers and I really enjoyed that aspect of it,” Bryan says. 

       On this account Bryan works to sell her old clothes that were once worn by her but no longer wanted. Bryan’s style is very unique, however, which makes her clothes sell much faster. 

      “I would definitely say like retro and 80s but I also like mixing modern trends with it but Idk if I can put it in one name I change it up a lot some days I dress very eddy and little more “masculine” and some days I dress very girly and “feminine” some days I dress more business/professional and some days I wear super casual clothes,” Bryan says. 

      Nora likes to wear these clothes because they make her feel confident. When she has confidence she feels better about herself. 

     The hardest thing about selling her clothes is how hard it is to get them to people. She struggles most with this because people sometimes do not respond and answer which makes it hard to get them to these people. 

        Bryan hopes to pursue this intrest and fashion and go far with it. Bryan will do this as a future and keep up with it. 

Impact of Kobe Bryant

Brianna Doctor

     On Sunday, Jan. 26, five-time NBA champion, Kobe Bryant, passed away in a tragic plane crash along with his daughter, Gianna Bryant. 

     On the way to a youth basketball tournament, the helicopter crashed into a field. There were nine people on board, and all of them died in the crash.

     The other victims of the crash included John Altobelli along with his wife Keri and daughter Alyssa, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, and pilot Ara Zobayan. 

     Unfortunately, the families of the victims did not receive the tragic news until after the media had released the story. 

     Famous media outlet, TMZ, was the first to release the news of the deaths. People took to Twitter and other social media outlets to express their anger over the situation. 

     Actress Ellen Pompeo released a tweet on Tuesday accusing TMZ and its founder of displaying abusive and inconsiderate behavior. 

     “So many questions I have …if we are not tolerating abuse anymore… shouldn’t we be calling this out? Exploiting women who have been abused… exploiting the brutal sudden death of peoples loved ones is certainly emotional abuse… I call times up on his behavior,” Pompeo tweeted. 

     In addition to Pompeo, comedian Ellen Degeneres criticized the news outlet for their inconsiderate actions on her show. 

     TMZ was not the only news outlet to cause an uproar over social media, BBC News released a video of basketball superstar Lebron James instead of Kobe Bryant while broadcasting the news of Bryant’s death.

     Furthermore, ABC News falsely reported that all four of Bryant’s daughters died in the helicopter crash. To top it all off, the country’s president tweeted inaccurate information about the number of people in the crash.

     When it comes to tragedies, media outlets will also take less time to gather true facts and more time on being the ones to report the story first; however, the death of Bryant and his daughter among the seven others killed demonstrated the true nature of media. 

     Consideration for the families was evidently not there for the reports of TMZ, and the Los Angeles police department made it very clear how disgusted they were.

     In a recent statement by Sheriff Alex Villanueva, he scolded TMZ for the the extent of their actions, and he explained how disappointed he was.

     “It would be extremely disrespectful to understand that your loved one… perished and you learn about it from TMZ. That is just wholly inappropriate,” Villanueva said.

     Overall, although it is the media’s job to inform the public about breaking news stories, they should be more considerate of the people that each story impacts to avoid situations like this.  

Barrio Review

Hannah Bartels

   Barrio is an up-and-coming restaurant chain with several local Ohio locations. These locations include a few in Cleveland, one in Strongsville, one in Kent and many other areas. 

     With Barrio being as successful and popular as it is, the chain owners are hoping to eventually create more business in other states. Barrio’s popularity is quite obvious to anyone, and its reasons why are well known by everyone. 

     Unlike most chain restaurants, Barrio offers a unique take on the ordering process. Rather than reading a traditional menu and ordering through a waiter or waitress, customers are provided with small notepads that follow a bubble-in format.

     This format allows the customers to freely express their creativity by filling in bubbles to create a unique and personal taco. This is a nice option because there is a very large variety of choices.

     Customers may choose different meats, fish, different sauces, salsas, cheeses, lettuce and much more. None of the toppings are very traditional, which is why Barrio is so different from other taco restaurants like Taco Bell. 

     The topping options and bubble-in menus are nice, however, it is not very realistic for the typical customer. The large variety in toppings makes it difficult to find items that coordinate. Barrio is incredibly unique and requires the customers to have an expanded palette and open mind to trying new combos.

     For people with more limited taste palettes, the restaurant offers a smaller menu with pre-made tacos. This is not a typical order though, because most people want to experiment with their own combos.

     Before the meal, unlimited chips and salsa are also brought out to satisfy the customers. The appetizer is nothing special but still a delicious snack.

     For some people, it is not the food that draws them to Barrio. It is the atmosphere. 

     From down the block, I could see a line coming outside of the restaurant, and it peaked my interest. There is also a very interestingly detailed mural of skeletons that plaster the walls. Interesting light fixtures hang from the ceilings. 

     In addition, the atmosphere is very lively and noisy. There are lots of happy people there and many different groups of people come. Barrio attracts families, couples, friends, and many college students.

     Barrio is a very rapidly growing restaurant and has something special to offer all customers. I would not recommend this restaurant to people who prefer simple foods, but I would recommend that everyone tries it, because it offers qualities other than tacos that people may love.