Just when many small retail businesses have been learning to adapt to the restrictions and limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic, in California, another, more frightening assault has arrived with burning wildfires across the state. Dozens of major fires surrounding the Bay Area have led to a thick smog of smoke, ruining the air quality and keeping many people indoors, another hit in the gut for retail shops and restaurants, which are now having to close their outdoor dining areas.
For Autumn Adamme, the owner of corsetry maker Dark Garden, a retail shop in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, the fires are a triple whammy. Earlier this week, in the wee hours of the morning, her shop was broken into, when thieves threw a large rock into a plate glass window, and grabbed as many items as they could, and ran. Fortunately, another longtime San Francisco business, Theisen Glass, worked quickly