‘Just another challenge:’ Local business owners adapt yet again

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With the holiday season set to begin within days and the retailers’ most crucial economic window set to open — the Christmas shopping season — Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued new restrictions as part of the state’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.The governor handed down tighter guidelines as to what limits retailers must adhere to and the news was obviously not what shop owners and operators wanted to hear.“This is just another challenge,” said Angela Morrey, executive director of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce. “I think it’s amazing so many businesses have been able to keep operating and open for business. I don’t think anything is off the table as to how to keep a business alive.”

Manteno store co-owner Val Kobylarczyk, who owns and operates Made For Me Boutique with her sister, Theresa Colagrossi, said business owners are subject to nearly constant change to survive in the world dealing with a pandemic.She noted when they started their business two years ago that less than 10 percent of their sales were completed through their website. Today, half of their business is done online.“We are adapting to these changes. These are sink-or-swim moments,” she …

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