Sheila Lyon isn’t sure how her longstanding Pike Place Market magic store would have gotten through the past few months without a $10,000 grant from the city of Seattle.
Lyon and her husband, Darryl Beckmann, have run the Market Magic & Novelty Shop since 1973, but were forced to shut down during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, that didn’t stop their bills from pouring in.
“That $10,000 was a godsend,’’ Lyon said of the Small Business Stabilization Fund money she received in April. “It helped us get caught up on everything – rent, payroll, bills. Darryl and I still don’t take any money because we’re trying to get the business back up.’’
They at least have a fighting chance, which was the short-term goal of the grants. They were overseen by Seattle’s Office of Economic Development (OED), which required that, to be eligible, businesses have a physical