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Caught Between Two Crises

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Melissa S,
Illinois

"On March 11th, everything stopped, and I had to cancel [our event]. Our business has been done ever since."

Melissa left Detroit in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to look for more fertile ground. Following her passion, she found solid footing in Chicago where she started a one of a kind Vintage Market. Over the years her events grew, attracting 1200 to 2000 visitors on any given Sunday.  Then the pandemic hit.  The state was shut down a week before her 2020 kick off event. Even as other businesses start to open up, hers can not. Chicago’s current safety guidelines restrict gatherings over 50 people so she is preparing herself to cancel her 4th straight event this year.