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Reopening is requiring cautionary steps for businesses

June 22, 2020 - 19:46
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Staying in business during a down economy is a challenge. As the state follows Restore Illinois guidelines, Homewood and Flossmoor businesses are taking steps to reopen, albeit on a limited basis. 

In early June, the Chronicle asked local business owners to reply to a brief survey about how their business has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and what customers should expect moving forward. We’ve compiled some of their answers.

Riding boom gives bike shop a bump

June 21, 2020 - 20:55
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When the stay-at-home order came down from the governor’s office, Steve Buchtel, of GoodSpeed Cycles in Homewood, expected business to idle.

Instead, bike shops in Illinois were deemed essential businesses, a move Buchtel said made sense. Many people rely on bicycles for transportation, and GoodSpeed also serves customers who use wheelchairs.

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