PISCATAQUIS COUNTY — Business owners across the state continue to struggle amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are holding our own. It could be a lot worse, it could be better but we are holding our own,” Indian Hill Trading Post General Manager Craig Watt said.
The Indian Hill Trading post in Greenville has been a local institution and attraction for decades.
Watt said the pandemic hit this longtime business hard but it has been able to survive.
“We’re just doing everything we can to accommodate our customers working hard to procure the products they are looking for. (We’re) exploring different channels places we don’t normally get things from and it is a challenge to keep moving forward,” he said.
And they are not alone. Businesses all over Maine suffered greatly during the pandemic, especially those that depend on events and people gathering in large groups.
For example, it’s been really tough at Chloe’s Collection Florist in Dover-Foxcroft.
Weddings are huge moneymakers for them, but canceled nuptials forced owner Joy Gregory to shut down temporarily.
“Initially with the shut down it was extremely overwhelming and we closed for almost 9 weeks and during the 7th week I was torn between do I move forward or do I just close up,” said Gregory.
Gregory says Mother’s day helped her business but everyday it takes a positive attitude to keep pushing forward.
“I get up every morning and make sure I am in here at 7 o’clock and I open at 9 and I just try to make every day count and I try to make sure my customers know I am going to be here for them.”