NKY small businesses in ‘red’ counties fighting to stay alive

NKY small businesses in ‘red’ counties fighting to stay alive

KENTON CO., Ky (FOX19) - The escalation of COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky has pushed Kenton County into a “red zone” status.

Now, city officials in Covington are urging the community to support small businesses more than ever as new recommendations are in place to help slow the spread.

Sandi Stonebraker, the owner of Stoney’s Village Toy Shop, is just one of the many small business owners in the area who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, with new recommendations in place, she worries about her toy store.

“Yeah, it’s been a challenging time. I actually closed for three months completely and then I opened with a lot of limitations," said Stonebraker. "I’ve done curbside deliveries and appointments and people really love the curbside delivery so I may continue to do that, I don’t know.”

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, Gov. Andy Beshear recommends employees work from home when possible, reduce in-person shopping, order takeout food, and avoiding dining in restaurants or bars.

Covington resident Chris Meier says while he thinks small businesses will suffer, he in favor of the recommendations from the governor.

“I definitely think it can hurt them. I think it’s important. I do agree this is an unprecedented time we’re sort of going through," Meier explained. "Kenton County. specifically, I know just hit the red for 25 cases over 100,000 so it is unfortunate, but it is what it is and the times we’re living in and I do support it.”

Tom Vondenbenken, the owner of Eishaus, opened his business just a couple of months ago.

He said now he must come up with new ways to thrive and survive.

“I think at this point we just introduced DoorDash, so we give a take-home option for our customers," said Vondenbenken. "So, I think all small businesses should consider one of those options.”

He says amid everything he hopes he can rely on his customers.

“And we just hope and count on the local community that will be there and supports our products,” said Vondenbenken.

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