1. ‘More closed storefronts and an economically depressed downtown’: Coronavirus pandemic causes concern about future of Northampton businesses

    ‘More closed storefronts and an economically depressed downtown’: Coronavirus pandemic causes concern about future of Northampton businesses

    Tim Fisk, owner of Salon Herdis, Northampton, was expecting to make more than $1 million in revenue this year - that is, until the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now, the Pioneer Valley salon owner, who has lost roughly $22,000 per week in revenue due to the public health crisis, is forecasting a 20% to 25% decrease in the salon’s total revenue in 2020 compared to last year, amounting to a loss of around $200,000.

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    1. I always want to hope for the best.
    2. I don't think any of us feel on solid ground being in the industry that we're in.
    3. On a weekly basis, when we switched over to delivery, our worst week was 30% of our regular revenue.
    4. The number is significant and would cause people to pause if they knew.
    5. They have to develop their brand. They have to successfully introduce people to the restaurant scene down there.
    6. In these challenging times, tough decisions must be made.
    7. Literally anything that comes across our path that looks viable for us, we're applying for.
    8. You're two people, scrambling for grant money and relief and making food.
    9. Obviously, we're in uncharted waters, and there's a lot of questions out there.
    10. He only gave us six days notice that it wasn't going to be May 4, so I guess for me what I need from the mayor of Northampton and the governor is just guidelines on reopening.
    11. There's still a lot of hope and a lot of optimism, and people have poured themselves into creating these businesses.
    12. My job is to try to lead my city through this, and part of that is giving the community a sense of hope.
    13. This is so unprecedented, and at the same time, my heart is in a place of our community shows up.
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