Small Business & Entrepreneurs

In the back room of a downtown LA flower shop, Maurice Harris carefully applies a layer of blueish-grey eyeshadow.

from Greater LA

If you’ve ventured outside your home recently, you’ve probably noticed it looks like pre-pandemic times.

from KCRW Features

“If you’re going to decide to go to a restaurant, make sure they are adhering to social distancing, I would say at least 10 feet, and make sure that it isn’t very crowded.

‘Just because something opens up — doesn’t make it safe,’ says doctor on reopening of economy

“If you’re going to decide to go to a restaurant, make sure they are adhering to social distancing, I would say at least 10 feet, and make sure that it isn’t very crowded.

from Greater LA

“We used to work long hours and six days a week. Now we only work three. There aren’t any customers either, because the customers are the same as us.

Nail salon and barbershop owners in SoCal have struggled to pay bills. Now their businesses can reopen

“We used to work long hours and six days a week. Now we only work three. There aren’t any customers either, because the customers are the same as us.

from KCRW Features

As Gov. Gavin Newsom is lifting the statewide stay-at-home order, KCRW hears from two business owners about how they’re preparing to reopen.

As California reopens, salon workers excitedly rip off ‘closed’ signs, restaurant phone rings off the hook for reservations

As Gov. Gavin Newsom is lifting the statewide stay-at-home order, KCRW hears from two business owners about how they’re preparing to reopen.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

“Los Angeles County will essentially align with the state by the end of the week to allow for the reopening of permitted activities under the purple tier,” LA Supervisor Hilda Solis…

LA starts reopening during COVID. You could sit down at a restaurant patio by Friday

“Los Angeles County will essentially align with the state by the end of the week to allow for the reopening of permitted activities under the purple tier,” LA Supervisor Hilda Solis…

from KCRW Features

As LA’s queer community grapples with the closures of popular bars like Rage, Oil Can Harry’s and Flaming Saddles, other bars are struggling to keep the lights on.

As LA’s LGBTQ bars close, Redline and The Eagle fight to stay open

As LA’s queer community grapples with the closures of popular bars like Rage, Oil Can Harry’s and Flaming Saddles, other bars are struggling to keep the lights on.

from Greater LA

Immediate financial relief topped Governor Gavin Newsom's wishlist in an ambitious $227 billion spending plan he released Friday for the upcoming fiscal year.

LA businesses: Here's what you need to know about Gov. Newsom’s budget proposal

Immediate financial relief topped Governor Gavin Newsom's wishlist in an ambitious $227 billion spending plan he released Friday for the upcoming fiscal year.

from KCRW Features

“I would like to pass on the tradition, more than just selling it.

‘I would like to pass on the tradition’: Founder of Ricky’s Fish Tacos in LA plans to retire

“I would like to pass on the tradition, more than just selling it.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

One of the nation’s worst COVID outbreaks is in LA County, where the positivity rate over the last week is nearing 20%.

‘Outbreak didn't even bring these businesses into full compliance.’ How COVID spreads at LA workplaces

One of the nation’s worst COVID outbreaks is in LA County, where the positivity rate over the last week is nearing 20%.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A hint of Christmas spirit is still alive in the quaint, Danish tourist town of Solvang, and despite stay-at-home orders, some people can’t help but see it for themselves.

In Solvang, where Christmas drives tourism, business owners say they’re safely open for visitors

A hint of Christmas spirit is still alive in the quaint, Danish tourist town of Solvang, and despite stay-at-home orders, some people can’t help but see it for themselves.

from Greater LA

Some restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley have been struggling before the pandemic and are unlikely to make it.

San Gabriel Valley restaurateurs are determined to make their businesses work, even with mounting losses

Some restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley have been struggling before the pandemic and are unlikely to make it.

from Greater LA

Alex Jordan faced a tough decision.

Outdoor dining still an option for 1 restaurant in LA despite COVID restrictions

Alex Jordan faced a tough decision.

from Greater LA

Before COVID-19, street vendor Heleo Leyva ran Quesadillas Tepexco, an East Hollywood food stand. But as the virus began to spread, he was forced to shut down.

Community Cookouts: How street vendors are fighting hunger in East Hollywood

Before COVID-19, street vendor Heleo Leyva ran Quesadillas Tepexco, an East Hollywood food stand. But as the virus began to spread, he was forced to shut down.

from Greater LA

Like many industries, breweries have had to rethink their business model during the pandemic.

Pandemic forces even large breweries to deliver to your doorstep

Like many industries, breweries have had to rethink their business model during the pandemic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Jodie Dolan's laundry truck has five washers and dryers that handle 30-40 loads in a five-hour shift.

Laundry Truck LA helps homeless people stay clean, DOLAN clothing company sews free masks amid coronavirus

Jodie Dolan's laundry truck has five washers and dryers that handle 30-40 loads in a five-hour shift.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand