One year after the start of the pandemic, some small businesses are thriving, beating the odds in these tough times. We talk to owners of a comic bookstore, a women's fashion boutique, and a high-end toys and kids clothing store to see how they have had to adapt to survive.
It was exactly 365 days ago today that the World Health Organization made the announcement that would change all of our lives: the coronavirus had grown into a pandemic. Since then, people have lost their jobs, traveling stopped, and some of our favorite restaurants closed. Still, some businesses figured out a way to make it work.
A new brewery based out of Clearwater is opening in Downtown Orlando
As we recognize Black History Month, we spotlight a member of our local community. Timothy Green grew up in Paramore and is now a successful real estate developer. He is now giving back to the place he once called home.
In March of 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis created an executive order to allow restaurants to offer carryout alcohol options. A new bill in the State Legislature could make that change permanent.
More businesses in Orlando could start selling booze. Florida lawmakers will review a bill aimed at bringing more business to Orange County's small restaurants by possibly expanding alcohol sales.
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is back for round two, officially opening up for applications on Tuesday.
A winery in Central Florida says the coronavirus pandemic could set the industry in the state back by about a decade.
The coronavirus pandemic has hammered restaurants across the nation, with over 110,000 closures reported. However, one Orlando-area restaurant is seeing some success while the pandemic has cratered the economy.
The pandemic has hit Central Florida businesses hard, but some loyal customers are helping small businesses through GoFundMe pages.
Two small Central Florida businesses received assistance to ride out the coronavirus pandemic. One survived while the other had to shut down.
Florida is the eighth state in the country and first in the South to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. Some small business owners are concerned they may have to cut staff and raise prices for products or services.
Winter Park closed down Park Avenue this week to attract crowds to shops and restaurants while providing social distancing.
Restaurant employment levels continued to rise last month but have reached a slowdown, according to the National Restaurant Association.
Winter Park is holding some socially distant outdoor events to lure people to Park Avenue.
TikTok is one of the hottest apps available and now businesses are trying to take advantage of the platform.
Florida has moved into Phase 3 of reopening but some restaurants are waiting to trransition.
There are questions about the future of Biketoberfest, which is scheduled for next month. Daytona Beach leaders say restrictions on permitting will stay in place for now, even though the state has moved into Phase 3 reopening.
Some businesses in the shadow of some of Orlando's larger theme parks are beginning to show signs of bouncing back after the coronavirus pandemic.
Bars and nightclubs are opening across Florida on Monday. Staff at venues in Downtown Orlando are working to install safety barriers and other measures to protect patrons.