Lori Williams, left, and her daughter Melissa Trickey, owners of Flowers by Renee in Chandler, were one of 264 businesses that received financial assistance from the city to help keep employees on staff. (Photo: Courtesy of Lori Williams)
Lori Williams and her daughter Melissa Trickey weren’t sure their south Chandler flower shop would be able to survive the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Hospitals and clinics, one of their biggest sources of revenue, closed their doors to vendors early on to help curb the spread of the virus. Weddings and parties were being canceled and retail sales dropped.
“Especially in those early months … our future was a bit uncertain,” Trickey said. “We were fortunate enough to keep the doors open, but it was a struggle.”
The business received a federal loan through the U.S. Small Business Administration, which helped them stay afloat for a while. But with continued slow sales,