Local businesses weathering the storm

By Sara Spieth, BU journalism student
Local businesses weathering the storm
Kamille Longchamps, a new employee at 3 Fairies, helps a customer to check out. (Photo : Sara Spieth)

COVID-19 created a lot of uncertainty for small businesses this year, but in Lennoxville many shops have more customers than ever before.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) warned that one in seven small businesses were at risk of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, since reopening, many Lennoxville small businesses are seeing equal or even greater sales than in a usual year. Many local business owners expect this trend to continue through the holiday season, at least until the Dec. 25 lockdown.
Lily Martin, who owns the 3 Fairies a gift shop and thrift store on Queen Street, stated that since reopening after the mandatory summer closure that she has seen more customers than ever. She said that people want to purchase items that make them feel better during this difficult time.

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