This year’s Small Business Saturday, an annual shopping holiday meant to support independent and local businesses, comes at a critical time for merchants across the nation. They are nine months into the coronavirus pandemic that has buckled commerce, and now they are staring down a bleak winter bereft of federal relief. More than 160,000 small businesses have closed permanently in the United States since March 1, according to a report released by Yelp, with closures increasing by 23 percent since mid-July.
But where desperation festers, artistry and enterprise can thrive. Tameesha Tucker lost her father in February to a lung disease that she believes grew from an undiagnosed case of covid-19. She started an apothecary business after his death to help other people build their immune systems to better fend off infections.
“It’s an expensive business, but this is something that the community needs right now,” she said Saturday, rotating