There’s so many hard things that it’s really hard to point out. When COVID-19 hit and we had to shut down the restaurants, it was actually my birthday, March 16. It’s a dark joke, but I used to say my birthday gift was having to lay off employees. I turned 40 on that day. It was just one of the worst birthdays I ever had.

Since then, it’s been a roller coaster. We decided to start doing takeout in Cambridge, because it’s more of a neighborhood restaurant. And we literally had no budget, and we didn’t know what to expect. So it was just me as a cook on the line. We’ve been there for 20 years. We didn’t know what to expect, but we actually did very well in takeout. And we managed to bring back around five employees and then the next week a couple more. . .

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DELL RAPIDS, S.D. (KELO) — Businesses big and small are being affected by the pandemic. While supporting your local businesses, can be a good way to keep your community thriving…. it’s challenging this year as more people choose to stay home.

Katie Wilson is the owner of The Mason Jar in Dell Rapids, she says throughout the pandemic, her online sales have been doing well, however it’s been a different case at her storefront.

“We have an Arizona storefront and here in Dells, they’ve really slowed down, foot traffic I would say has been cut in half and we are so lucky that we have our online store because if not we would definitely be in trouble like so many small businesses are,” owner of The Mason Jar, Katie Wilson said.

The chamber of commerce is celebrating ‘Dell Rapids Small Business Week,’ to encourage people to shop at small businesses.

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a large brick building with a clock on the side of a road: Local businesses need support now more than ever due to the pandemic. The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce is kicking off small business week in an effort to help.


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Local businesses need support now more than ever due to the pandemic. The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce is kicking off small business week in an effort to help.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – Local small businesses need support now more than ever due to the pandemic. The Dell Rapids Chamber of Commerce is kicking off small business week in an effort to help.

Shopping local helps keep small towns like Dell Rapids alive.

“It keeps opportunities open for people to actually shop in Dells instead of having to go outward and our kids go to school here, our employees work here and live here and it just kind of creates this really deep community connection,” said Amie Delgado, Owner of LaDelle and Fourth Coffeehouse.

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Dell Rapids Small Business Week was supposed to happen in the spring but got pushed

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