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Local businesses stepping up to help community get through pandemic

Despite the uncharted territory, some local business owners are now navigating the waters creatively.

CLEVELAND — Saturdays used to for dining out, going to the salon, or maybe even hitting the gym.

But that is not the case right now.

Coronavirus prevention measures have forced many businesses to shut down.

Despite the uncharted territory, some are now navigating the waters creatively.

Rashaunda Palmer cannot work as a stylist in Lyndhurst, but is still connecting and learning from others online.

“This is time for us to come together instead of being separated,” she said.

Miesha Wilson closed her fitness studio in the Waterloo Arts District, and yet opened a new one online.

“We have a virtual, active, working gym called Nulife TV,” she said. “This gives me an opportunity to pour a little bit of positivity into the atmosphere.”

Then there is Darryl Rugley, whose restaurant, Goodfellas BBQ, was burglarized early Saturday in Cleveland Heights.

“Threw a brick through the window, came in, took the register,” he said. “It’s just irritating, you know what I’m saying because now, today, I can’t be open.”

But the business community surprised him, with LaRese Purnell of CLE Consulting Firm presenting him only hours afterward with a check to cover the losses.

All week, Rugley had been providing free meals to kids out of school. He tells 3News he plans to put the check towards continuing that effort.

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