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NY City Businesses That Opened During the Pandemic

NY City Businesses That Opened During the Pandemic

More than 2,800 businesses New York City businesses have shuttered their doors as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But New Yorkers are known for resilience, and many new businesses successfully opened their doors in the coronavirus economy.

The brand new Krispy Kreme shop, a full 4,500 square-foot venue, is open for business in the middle of Times Square. And even when the tourists are gone, Broadway theaters are closed, and hotels have more vacancies than occupancies, the doughnut emporium is busy. As if the fresh, sweet doughnuts were not enough of a reason for patrons to visit the new site, dozens of masked and socially distant customers line up outside each day to view the production line that churns out thousands of doughnuts every hour. The glaze waterfall, standing 24-inches tall, is another attraction.

Krispy Kreme doughnut
Fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts and coffee bring customers to the new Times Square locatin

Murray’s Cheese is a New York staple. For 80 years, the company has been selling cheese, wine, and delicacies across the five boroughs.  A new location opened in August in Long Island City, Queens.

Nick Tranchina, president of Murray’s, said the decision to finish the construction and open the shop and restaurant was easy. “We knew people wanted to go out, and we wanted to make people’s days better. Cheese brings joy.” The outdoor space can only accommodate five tables, and predictably, the demand has been far higher than that. “We’re in the process of increasing our space,” Mr. Tranchina said. “We’ve already hired more staff, extended our hours, and tightened the menu.”

Murray's Cheese

But it is not only eateries that are pulling through the corona-chaos. Shen Beauty, in Brooklyn, is an independent cosmetics and beauty shop. In January, the owner began renovations on a new, bigger space a few blocks from the original store. When everything came to a halt in March, plans had to be revamped. Finally, on September 1, the new 1,800 square-foot space opened. The shelves are lined with 1500 products from 150 companies; four sterile and safe treatment rooms are used for facials, massages, etc. After more than six months of lockdown, customers are looking for ways to treat themselves. Ladies (and men) who were forced to neglect their usual self-care routines are finding their way back to beauty practices for the body and soul.

2020 New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Announced

2020 New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Announced

Dorit Ungar Black, a founding partner at New York’s Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP was named as one of ten  Women of Influence in 2020 by the New York Business Journal. The women recognized this year are all pioneers in the legal, finance, engineering, and real estate industries. They have all demonstrated professional and communal… Continue Reading

Crisis as Opportunity for Female Leadership

Crisis as Opportunity for Female Leadership

The coronavirus pandemic is generating thousands of opportunities for women to showcase their strengths and step into leadership positions. The economies disrupted by COVID-19 will eventually need to be realigned. Businesses around the world will be redefining their operational models and reassessing their business strategies. European Central Bank President, Christine Lagarde, argues that the male… Continue Reading

How to Support Women-Led Businesses During Crisis

How to Support Women-Led Businesses During Crisis

Since the very outset of the pandemic, COVID-19 has had a crippling ripple effect across world economies and international supply chains. In every country, businesses are navigating devastating obstacles: detrimental drops in revenue, debt, and job loss. For small and medium outfits, also known as SMEs, the financial turmoil is particularly devastating. And women-owned SMEs are feeling… Continue Reading

Jayme Albin Helps You Plan a Gradual Return to Normal for Kids

Jayme Albin Helps You Plan a Gradual Return to Normal for Kids

New York and many other states have lifted the strict lockdown restrictions. After spending months “trapped” indoors, many families are trying to figure out how to transition out of quarantine and resume a new normal in the shadows of the coronavirus. Author, psychologist, and therapist, Dr. Jayme Albin, offers advice on helping kids face these… Continue Reading

Startup Guide Includes New York

In 2014, the Danish Sissel Hansen publishing firm initiated the Startup Guide  series. As of late 2019, New York City has a guide and joins over 20 other major cities with similar publications. With an impressive 265 pages, the informative and entertaining read highlights founders, shared work spaces, investors, educational programs, and other startup players.… Continue Reading

Seventh Cohort of New York Fashion Tech Lab

New York Fashion Tech Lab (NYFTLab), the community-driven, collaborative platform for promoting fashion, beauty and retail-tech advancement, launched its 7th group of supported businesses. NYFTLab is a program of Springboard Enterprises, supported by top tier retail, brand, and tech partners such as LVMH, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Levi Strauss and Co., Estée Lauder Companies, PVH Corp, Perry Ellis International, Accenture, Microsoft, and Avery Dennison. This is the… Continue Reading

Maven Gets Money

Maven, the New York-based startup for women’s health and family planning, announced that it has raised $45 million from investors.  Forbes hailed this as one of the largest rounds of funding for a woman-run healthcare company. Among the investors are noted actresses Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, and Mindy Kaling. 23andMe co-founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki has also… Continue Reading

LendIt Fintech Announces Year-Long Mentor Program for NYC-Area Women

LendIt Fintech and NYC Fintech Women launched its inaugural year-long Mentor Program for tri-state area women. The collaborative program is designed to assist, advance, and aid aspiring fintech women as they grow professionally. LendIt Fintech is committed to supporting and facilitating diversity in fintech while creating opportunities for the global community. Mentors, who must be in a senior… Continue Reading