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My bakery is a Covid-19 success story. But we are still struggling to get by (opinion)

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My bakery is a Covid-19 success story. But we are still struggling to get by (opinion)

I started offering boxes of assorted fruits and veggies, mostly sourced from local farms, along with pantry staples like flour, sugar and yeast. I kept in touch with my customers through weekly emails and posts of new inventory on social media. As word got out, I started seeing new faces as well.

Orders are now placed online in advance. Customers are assigned time slots to spread out the crowds. The bakery patio, usually packed with tables and chairs, has turned into an elaborate pickup line with bags and boxes placed alphabetically by last name. We have an outdoor fridge full of milk and eggs and an outdoor freezer stocked with chicken, beef and raw cinnamon buns to bake at home. Each morning, chalk arrows, instructions and six-feet spacing are marked along the sidewalk.

Every loaf of bread, every doughnut and every croissant baked each day is already promised to a home. By 9 am, there is a carefully spaced line of people waiting to pick up their orders that wraps all the way around the block.

From the outside, Montclair Bread Co. is killing it in quarantine and making the most of a bad situation.

But behind the scenes, there’s a whole different story. On March 13, after restricting entry inside the bakery to staff only, I was forced to lay off our entire part-time crew, over 20 people, to minimize the risk and exposure to our full-time staff and our customers. I took coffee and made-to-order sandwiches off the menu, because the process of selling them required too much customer contact. These items typically account for half of our sales.

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When I first opened my doors, I embraced the opportunity to diversify. What if the doughnut trend ends? No problem, sourdough is the next big ticket. When that ends? I can sell gallons of cold-brewed coffee drinks. If it wasn’t something edible, it was an experience — camp for kids, classes for adults, fun 5Ks.

But when the pandemic hit, catering orders for weddings, bar mitzvahs and graduations were canceled. The bakery’s running club was suspended until further notice, and with it all the post-run coffee and doughnut sales. The summer camp we host was canceled and refunded. Hands-on artisan baking classes were postponed, refunded and rescheduled. The 5- Mile Race to bRUNch, an event sold out to 1,000 runners, was deferred. St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day — all these events were revised and reduced to look like every other day in quarantine.

These revenue opportunities aren’t available under these conditions — 75% of my annual revenue potential has been decimated.

Why not just make more baked goods? With the reduction in staff, we are making the maximum our ovens (and our bodies) allow. I am baking from 3 am to 8 pm, six days a week.

I am breaking even, but breaking even won’t pay for the fridge to be replaced when the motor blows or when we need the oven repairman to fix a faulty heat sensor. I don’t have a true sense of how this will impact my business in the future because I don’t know what my business will look like next week. During the first few weeks of quarantine, bakery items sold out as quickly as they were posted online. But as consumers are becoming more comfortable going to stores and more restaurants are reopening, my sales are declining dramatically.

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In this industry, one thing I can count on are the highs and lows, which is why I’ve created alternative sources of income to help keep my bank account consistent. Those alternative sources are gone now. These are real, quantifiable losses as a result of the mandated quarantine orders. But when reported to my insurance company, the race that never happened, the summer camp refunds, baking classes called off — all these loss of business claims have been denied. Pandemics are not covered under my policy. In eight years of business, I have never once filed a claim, yet my premiums continue to rise as my bakery grows. The one time I really need help to stay afloat and need to use the service I’ve been paying for all these years, it doesn’t exist.

Rachel Wyman prepares baked goods in the kitchen of Montclair Bread Co.

Businesses should be able to depend on insurance for the safety and security it is meant to provide. Restrictions must be lifted or new policies must be put in place. Rather than offering first come, first serve grants to small businesses, we need a program to replace specific income associated with events and revenue streams in the same way unemployment benefits protect lost wages. It’s time to get creative if we want to keep Main Street, USA on the map.

Until then, the only thing I can plan for is tomorrow. I will keep waking up at 2 am and I will keep baking bread for as long as the community support endures.

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Penggemar No Way Home menghubungkannya dengan Tony Stark

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Dalam berbagai adegan baru, acara TV “Spider-Man: No Way Home” terbaru ini mencakup tampilan lebih dekat pada batang atas Electro. Penting untuk dicatat bahwa beberapa pemirsa berspekulasi bahwa Tony Stark mungkin adalah reaktor busur yang digunakan untuk menjaga dirinya tetap hidup dan memberi energi pada kostumnya, dimulai dengan film “Iron Man” pertama. Pengguna @ TeamDowney1965 Salah satu akun Twitter yang tak terhitung jumlahnya menunjukkan kesamaan antara komponen suite Electro dan teknologi milik Tony Stark.

Fans memiliki beberapa teori berbeda tentang bagaimana penjahat Electro bisa membuat hal seperti itu. Penulis Richard NewbyTeknologi Tony Stark, misalnya, menunjukkan bahwa teknologi Google adalah untuk penggunaan massal, seperti halnya di dunia kita. Pengguna CmcBDirect, Sementara itu, berpikir bahwa Tony Stark dari alam semesta rumahnya mungkin telah menciptakan celana Electro untuk membantu mengendalikan kekuatan supernya. Pengguna Welby Dia juga menunjukkan bahwa edisi awal buku komik Electro menggunakan teknologi serupa, menunjukkan bahwa Tony Stark mungkin tidak sepenuhnya terlibat dalam konsep pakaian baru Electro.

Ketika “Spider-Man: No Way Home” tayang perdana di bioskop pada 17 Desember, detail lebih lanjut tentang perangkat tersebut, seperti Arc Reactor, akan dirilis.

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Bagaimana Covid-19 telah meningkatkan kepercayaan dunia pada sains

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“Kami punya banyak pertanyaan saat itu [coronavirus] Epidemi pertama kali pecah. Namun, hal yang sama terjadi ketika HIV muncul di tahun 80-an dan 90-an.

“Tidak ada yang tahu itu virus. Sekarang, berkat ilmu pengetahuan, kami memiliki banyak perawatan dan orang yang hidup dengan HIV memiliki harapan hidup yang normal.

“Karena saya tahu bagaimana para ilmuwan melakukan pekerjaan luar biasa, saya tahu sesuatu akan terjadi sesegera mungkin.

“Saya sangat senang melihat bagaimana kita dapat bekerja sama untuk memerangi penyakit dan bagaimana para ilmuwan dapat dengan cepat menyelamatkan nyawa jika diberi kesempatan.”

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Saat dunia menghadapi tantangan kesehatan yang lebih dalam, pemerintah, organisasi internasional, dan profesional kesehatan perlu belajar dari database unik ini.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Ticket Rush Menonaktifkan Situs Web AMC dan Fandango

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Spider-Man: No Way Home Crashing situs di mana-mana.

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Penggemar Marvel dan MCU dapat mengingatnya Avengers: Rilis tiket untuk film endcom Satu melakukannya Yang terbesar Jumlah situs tiket bioskop di seluruh Amerika Serikat pada 2019. Sepertinya Spider-Man: Tidak ada jalan pulang Dia melakukan hal yang persis sama pada hari Minggu malam, kata penggemar secara online AMC Dan ditolak sebagai akibat dari permintaan Fondango.

Mulai hari Senin, situs AMC, Atom, Fandango, Cinemark, dan Alamo Drafthouse sudah aktif dan berjalan kembali.

Sebuah rilis NFT Agak untuk disalahkan. Minggu dini hari AMC telah mengumumkan 86.000 “AMC Stubs A-List, Premiere, atau anggota Investor Connect” pertama yang membeli atau memesan tiket untuk pertunjukan Spider-Man pada 16 Desember akan menerima Spider-Man NFT “ramah lingkungan” untuk masalah mereka. Sulit untuk mengatakan apakah ini akan menyebabkan kerusakan pada situs AMC, tetapi seringkali tidak membantu. AMC dan Fandango tidak segera menanggapi permintaan komentar.

Di luar AMC, tiket Spider-Man: No Way Home tampaknya mempengaruhi setiap layanan pre-order di luar sana – orang mengatakan situs seperti Drafthouse juga mengalami kesulitan.

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