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Downtown Raleigh business reopens, thrives during pandemic shutdown with digital sales :: WRAL.com

— Like so many businesses in downtown Raleigh, the Zen Succulent had to close its doors to consider all that’s going on in 2020.

On Friday, Adela Li, the lead shopkeep, welcomed customers into The Zen Succulent for the first time in months.

“It was COVID,” she said. “That was originally the reason why we closed our shops.”

She said they took a week or two to think about what to do next, and how they should move forward.

Then, the two-year old Raleigh location was also damaged during downtown protests.

“It’s like one of those mad scrambles of like, well, now you have to reevaluate how you run everything and like how you communicate to people,” she said.

The store turned to its online presence to help save the store.

At first, their e-commerce website traffic was very low.

“We had been

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Puerto Rican community thrives economically among Central Florida’s melting pot of Hispanics, Latinos

ORLANDO, Fla. – Central Florida is home to a melting pot of Hispanic and Latino communities and along Semoran Boulevard there are many restaurants and businesses that have become a staple of Orlando but specifically those owned by Puerto Ricans.

“The Puerto Rican population in Central Florida is huge and continues to grow,” Dr. Luis Martínez Fernández, a UCF history professor and author said.

Martínez Fernández estimates about 300,000 Puerto Ricans, or Boricuas as they are called, have called Central Florida home since the 1970s.

“Part of it had to do with veterans who were retiring and moved to this area,” Martínez Fernández said.

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Another aspect he explained was that during the 70s, a real estate company by the name of

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Utah music business thrives through coronavirus

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — All across Utah, businesses had to rethink their plans with the arrival of the coronavirus. And when your business teaches people how to make music, you can’t exactly deliver lessons curbside — all you can do is try to take them online and hope people keep showing up.

For Jaime Varner, music is often an escape — a soothing path away from the worries of everyday life.

“So my mom plays and taught when I was a kid,” she said. “She taught lessons in our home our whole life.”

Varner said she begged to take lessons herself. Once she began, learning the piano consumed her life.

As an adult, she became a teacher herself.

“Had my baby grand in my living room that I would teach from,” she said. “And I had like up to 80 students there.”

Her sister taught in the basement. Eventually, it

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Biden audio first shared by ‘Russian agent’ thrives online

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FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2017, file photo Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko go for talks during Biden’s visit in Kiev, Ukraine. The leaked recordings of apparent conversations between Joe Biden and Ukraine’s then-president largely confirm Biden’s account of his dealings in Ukraine. The choppy audio, disclosed by a Ukrainian lawmaker whom U.S. officials described Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, as an “active Russian agent” who has sought to spread online misinformation about Biden.

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The leaked recordings were hardly a political bombshell: The apparent conversations between Joe Biden and Ukraine’s then-president largely confirm Biden’s account of his dealings in Ukraine.

But the choppy audio, disclosed by a Ukrainian lawmaker whom U.S. officials described Thursday as an “active Russian agent” who has sought to spread online misinformation about Biden, was nonetheless seized on by President Donald Trump as well as his supporters

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