In New England we have gotten a LOT of snow. They say this was worse than the blizzard of 78. I heard one news reporter say Boston got over 100 inches since January 28th.
To say that it has been difficult to run a business is a complete understatement! Between closing full days mid-storm, closing early, opening late,it has been a nightmare for my business and all of my small business friends. Then when it finally stops snowing, there is the cleanup. After the 70 inch mark, there was just no place to put the snow anymore. The snow mounds are so high, you can barely see out of most windows. Then there are problems that come with so much snow that you just don’t even think of, leaks that never existed suddenly appear. Heavy snow on weak roofs have caused some roofs to cave in and collapse. My husband had to get on our roof twice and shovel.
A local business in my neighborhood has had to close their business for the four weeks. It is a dance studio called In Sync Center of the Arts. They are one of the most well run and talented dance studios in my area. What drew me in to this dance studio 5 years ago was how many classes they offered- not just for dance, but taekwondo, lego club, music lessons, and drama. I have four kids and I loved that all of them could take a class at once and I would get a whole hour all to myself :-). In the lobby, they have big screen tv’s that show all of the classes so you can see everyone at once. LOVE IT!
The week before February vacation, Insync’s next-door neighbor’s roof collapsed. Thankfully it was empty and nobody was hurt physically. Financially, it is devastating. There are 5 business all in this little strip mall and they are all closed. If I had to guess how many people were employed between the five businesses I would say hundreds. Hundreds of people out of work because of something out of their control! It’s heartbreaking!
Teri, the owner of Isync, was trying to unplug and relax for a few days during Feb vacation with her husband and kids. She actually left her phone in her hotel room while out for dinner, only to return to hear about the nightmare she has now been living for weeks. She had to cut her vacation short and rush home to make sense out of her new situation. She was not allowed on the property. The electricity and gas is shut off and everything is roped off until it is deemed safe.
Most people would curl up into a ball and feel sorry for themselves, but not Teri. She had her team up and running the next day seeking out temporary space for her business. They brought their phones and laptops to a fabulous little coffee shop (mine 🙂 ) and worked as a team and didn’t stop until they found space that would work.
She ended up with two spaces, one by day and a high school for the night classes. The high school is perfect because there are so many class rooms that it allows many dance classes to go on at the same time.
Amazing strength, creativity, and the drive to go on. All admirable qualities that I believe most entrepreneurs have. Teri has a crazy awesome team loaded with talent and is clearly flexible.
I am honored to be a customer of theirs and I love how they are handling this situation.
There is so much negativity and tragedy shown on the news and social media, I just had to share how a real life woman turned some serious sour lemons into delicious lemonade 🙂