The Rev. Deborah Bowsher looked around the empty halls of her Zanesville church and saw an opportunity.

“While the Red Cross has been finding it quite difficult to have blood drives because all the businesses and schools have said, ‘No, you can’t do that in our premises,’ we’re an empty building most of the time, and we’ve opened our doors,” Bowsher said.

Trinity United Presbyterian Church has hosted weekly blood drives for the nonprofit organization since the coronavirus pandemic shuttered businesses and sent millions of Ohioans into seemingly endless work-from-home situations.

The novel coronavirus threw the world into disarray in 2020. Whole states shut down, people were forced to quarantine or shelter in place, economies ground to a halt and more than 200,000 American lives have been lost. But amid the chaos and the confusion, Ohioans have found ways to innovate.

The church represents both the tension and the innovation.

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Mall of America, for all its “bigness” is not a stranger to small entrepreneurs and independent retailers. Now it is providing a lifeline to some Minneapolis businesses hard hit by the pandemic and the civil unrest resulting from the death of George Floyd.

On October 1, the mall will launch a new, temporary rent-free venue called “Community Commons”. It will be populated by local, Minneapolis-based boutiques, restaurant and art galleries that were shuttered in the spring. The businesses were selected via an application process, which MOA’s Executive Of Business Development and Marketing Jill Renslow describes as an initiative of “hope and possibility.” “Mall of America joins the efforts to

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Ulta Beauty sales, and now the company is looking to new categories and e-commerce for growth.” data-reactid=”19″Coronavirus store closures have caused sizable declines in Ulta Beauty sales, and now the company is looking to new categories and e-commerce for growth.

Makeup still accounts for 43 percent of Ulta’s business, but during the pandemic, growth ramped up in skin, bath and body, and hair, executives said on the company’s earnings call Thursday afternoon.

“The makeup category continues to be challenged,” Ulta chief executive officer Mary Dillion told analysts, citing changes in consumer sentiment and a lack of newness. Overall, she said, however, the company has been “gaining share in prestige beauty.”

Together, skin, bath and fragrance sales make up 28 percent of total sales, while hair and styling tools make up 21 percent, executives said. Ulta plans to continue deepening skin and hair assortments with new brands, and in hair,

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A Kansas City councilwoman said she plans to raise and donate $1,575 to a local civil rights organization, to match a campaign contribution she received from the local police union.

Melissa Robinson, who represents the Third District, said Saturday that she would donate the money the Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity – MORE2.

The decision came after she and other council members were challenged on social media for accepting donations from the police union, which has defended a Kansas City police sergeant indicted Friday for felony third-degree assault. Sgt. Matthew T. Neal, 40, is accused of assaulting a 15-year-old boy and leaving him with several broken teeth, bruising and a gash on his head.

Robinson, said the money she will donate represents the contribution the Kansas City Fraternal Order of Police made to Robinson’s successful city council campaign earlier this year.

Other members of the council also

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