Local businesses adapting to, overcoming challenges of pandemic

16 Apr 2021


The small businesses in downtown Menomonie have been affected by the ongoing pandemic. COVID-19 has changed the way that businesses operate as owners and employees adapt.

“At the beginning, it was rough for everyone,” said Dustyn Dubuque, executive director of Downtown Menomonie, “but many businesses began to pivot their model. Some businesses switched to curbside pickup; some updated their websites.”

Local family businesses are pushing to overcome the obstacles caused by the pandemic. C and J’s Candy Shop, for instance, opened in the midst of the pandemic on July 17. “My family owns the business,” said Sarah Bauer, daughter of the owners, “so the more the store succeeds, the more my family succeeds.”

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