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Tallahassee's Small Businesses Cautiously Reopening

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Tom Flanigan
The merchandise inside The Other Side in Tallahassee's Railroad Square once again awaits the interest of visiting customers.

Tallahassee area businesses are slowly reopening. This is happening even as a growing number of well-known local merchants are calling it quits for good.
After weeks of online and curbside business only, The Other Side in Railroad Square has opened its doors. Store Manager Jason Cusell said it's been a progressive process as restrictions loosened up.

"As it was lifted we slowly started re-instating hours. We're still not open the normal hours we would be, but the support from the community has been great."

Karen Loewen not only reopened but also moved her Community Thrift Store from Midtown to Capital Circle. She said for her, it was either keep going or go under. Although she understood those who insist things stay locked down, she didn't see that as a long-term fix.

"How many suicides have we had since this started? And how much depression is going on and will come in the future? We've got to find a way to live with this disease."

Meanwhile, over the weekend, the quirky Mellow Mushroom eatery on Pensacola Street became the latest Tallahassee business to close forever. It joined several other permanently shut down enterprises, including the Fifth and Thomas and Finnegan's Wake pubs and Blossom's Florist.