Tag: Survivors

Small Business Survivors: Owner of Laser Bounce Family Fun Center in Queens calls on Cuomo to reopen attractions

More and more businesses have been given the green light to reopen by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the state’s COVID-19 phased reopening plans — but some exceptions include the attractions industry.

Ryan D’Amico, the vice president, owner and general manager of Laser Bounce Family Fun Center in Glendale and Levittown, believes Cuomo has delayed the reopening of the attractions industry for “far too long and to the detriment” of the state.

“Family entertainment centers, water parks, amusement parks — the overall attractions industry — in New York has been forgotten,” D’Amico wrote in an op-ed. “We employ thousands of people and contribute to our communities. Our employees are ready to work. Our guests are ready to return. And we are ready to work with the state to present our plans

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Small Business Survivors: Beer brewing is bubbling at Bitter & Esters as shop shifts to online sales

The COVID-19 pandemic has been n0thing short of a financial disaster for most mom-and-pop establishments in the city — with many forced to close for months at a time, or face severe restrictions on their customers to avoid contamination.

But for partners John LaPolla and Douglas Amport, business has been as brisk as a frosty fresh pint of home-brew beer as Brooklyn’s Bitter and Esters never had to close.

While they had to restrict customers from coming inside their establishment on Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights — the only home-brewing shop in New York City — they already had a powerful web-based operation and a strong local following that had customers from all over lining up to brew their own beers at home.

John LaPolla of Bitter & Esters on Washington Avenue
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