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Igloos, take-out and space heaters: How some Hburg restaurants survived COVID winter

After relying on outdoor spaces and reduced seating to stay open during the pandemic, many local restaurants and bars didn’t hibernate during the winter, but opted to innovate.

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They pushed ahead with their dreams in a pandemic. Here’s what they’ve learned.

Despite all the uncertainty — economic and otherwise — that the pandemic created over the last year, some Harrisonburg-area residents chose to follow their dreams and turn their passions into businesses. While launching a new business is always a learning experience, even for seasoned entrepreneurs, doing so amid these conditions have inspired a unique set of lessons learned.

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Nearly 11 months in, here’s how local businesses have survived the pandemic and what they’ve learned

When the pandemic hit the United States last March and government orders closed down many of them temporarily, most local business owners were trapped in a kind of economic limbo. To survive, some businesses shifted their business models. Others pursued government loans to keep employees on the payroll. But, above all, many local Harrisonburg businesses learned they could count on the community’s support.

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Tiller Strings: sales, rentals, repair, sheet music, accessories.

Pepperheads spice up the Valley

Against all better judgement, he swallowed Hell. The hot sauce label clearly stated, “more than one drop is suicide,” so JMU computer science major Landon Gilbert decided the best way to test the warning would be to just eat a whole spoonful of it.

21 questions for Harrisonburg in 2021

Yes, we have lots of questions about how Harrisonburg will emerge on the other side of this pandemic. But there’s a lot more to ponder in the new year as well.

Salsa dancing, leather bags, and fresh beer: forgiven loans help local businesses survive COVID

Dancers have once again begun to fill the Friendly City Dance Room, one of the local businesses which has stayed open or reopened with the help of a Disaster Impact Loan from the city.

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