With a volatile labor market and rising inflation, Vermont businesses say they cannot afford to pay more for health care.
“I was very concerned that a microbial virus — rather than the epic, biblical things we’ve withstood — would leave us dead in the water,” says the head of a Brattleboro cornerstone that has proved how “the show must go on.”
“We’re really happy with the support that we’ve been getting from our customers in the sense that they want to buy from us rather than whatever’s on a ship outside LA,” owner Sam Hooper said. “I think for the first time, the American consumer is starting to rethink how they consume products.”
President Joe Biden has ordered that all workers at private companies with more than 100 employees be vaccinated, along with all federal employees and federal contractors and their employees.
Lakeside Pharmacy has reopened, bringing the building that also houses Pearl Street Pipe and Beverage back into full operation.
Despite making changes to address the lack of help, restaurants around the state are taking extended breaks, cutting back hours and even closing permanently.
As cases of the Delta variant of Covid-19 increase, more bars and indoor live music venues are asking customers for proof of vaccination. But the state’s biggest live-music venue, with outdoor concerts only, is resisting the trend for now.
Lantman’s Market, Hinesburg’s only major grocery store, is among the latest examples of businesses grappling with the effects of the surge, closing its doors for at least a week.
I am eternally grateful for the help I received from the federal government, from my state government and for my hard-core customers. Everyone who runs a small business in Vermont can probably say the same.
As businesses reopen across Vermont, some sectors are booming, while others — including the state’s big screens — are still drawing significantly fewer customers than in 2019. Many remain closed.
Competitors are mulling a lawsuit after a court-appointed receiver accepted an undisclosed offer from Flowers Foods, a $4.4 billion maker of national brands ranging from Nature’s Own to Wonder Bread.
Some businesses started in the past year have not qualified for previous loans and grants. Though it isn’t clear how much unmet need is out there, the state calls the program a “good start.”
Tourism businesses across Vermont are noticing leisure travelers trickling back into the state as they head into the first holiday weekend since Gov. Phil Scott lifted most Covid-19 restrictions on out-of-state travel.
As the weather warms, vaccination rates increase and mask mandates fall by the wayside, shops across the state say it’s starting to look like “business as usual” for the first time since the pandemic began.