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NWI Business Ins and Outs: Sophia’s House of Pancakes, Joe’s Downtown Tacos, If Walls Could Talk Home Decor, and BYOB Fitness opening | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

• BYOB Fitness, whose slogans have included “Build Your Own Body” and “Helping You Build the Best Version of Yourself,” opened in a former video store at 8231 Hohman Avenue in Munster.

The gym offers personal training, group classes, nutritional counseling, boot camps, and pop-up shops. It helps clients who want to build muscle, lose weight, change eating habits or just get coached by a trainer to reach their fitness goals.

Catering to both men and women, it offers certified instructors, full-body workouts, and live classes for all fitness levels. The fitness center offers private training and group classes such as yoga, core and cardio.

A retail section at the fitness center also sells items like tank tops, crew necks, face masks, water bottles and gym bags.

For more information, visit www.buildyourownbodybygina.com.

• Supermercado Durango just opened in Griffith.

The locally owned independent Mexican grocery store is now doing business

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Huge pedestrian bridge installed in downtown Colorado Springs

The bridge had been envisioned in Colorado Springs’ downtown master plan for decades.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on a new 250-foot pedestrian bridge in downtown Colorado Springs.

The bridge, which was installed on Monday, will connect America the Beautiful Park with the adjacent U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum complex and downtown Colorado Springs.

Crews had to hoist the massive bridge into the air and drive it across a railroad in order to place it onto its abutments.

City of Colorado Springs officials said the “masterfully orchestrated event was completed in an eight-hour window during which all trains transiting through Colorado Springs were held in place to complete the move.”

The bridge had been envisioned in Colorado Springs’ downtown master plan for decades, according to the city.

“The bridge, from idea to execution, represents how Colorado Springs is coming together to further create a

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Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week boosts sales for struggling spots amid pandemic

RALEIGH (WTVD) — Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week is in full swing and small businesses are seeing success after the first weekend.

There was a celebration in the streets this past weekend in downtown Raleigh for patrons and small business owners. A cello was out, a band playing, streets closed down and guests dining outdoors. A pop-up event was held in City Market, hosted by James Beard-nominated Chef Scott Crawford, and several other streets were shut down for Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week.

45 spots are participating in the event.

Downtown Raleigh Alliance President and CEO Bill King called the kick-off weekend a success.

“We were very pleased with this weekend’s turnout and our participating restaurants saw a significant increase in business, while using the extra outdoor space to serve customers safely. A number of visitors took advantage of our takeout tables located across several downtown blocks. The response this weekend demonstrates

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Woman, veteran-owned business ‘Glam Soldier’ opens in downtown Apex :: WRAL.com

— On her company’s website, veteran Alisha Ramsey states, “I used to be a soldier, and well, I went Glam!”

Ramsey has turned her passion for clothing and fashion into a growing business.

Up the stairs of a building on North Salem Street in Apex is Ramsey’s store dedicated to helping women feel stylish.

'Glam Soldier' opens in Apex

After months of selling clothes online, Ramsey decided to open a brick-and-mortar store for Glam Soldier on Friday.

It wasn’t Ramsey’s original plan after retiring from the Army. She was an army captain, and during her second Iraq tour she headed the public affairs team at Camp Victory.

“I was in the Army for 10 years, and then I had a baby. I was sitting at home getting ready to start a talk show, believe it or not, in my backyard, then the pandemic hit and no one

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Downtown Las Vegas program looks to locals to boost business

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas normally attracts visitors from across the globe. But with travel lagging during the coronavirus pandemic, downtown businesses are looking toward locals to bolster their bottom lines.

The Downtown Vegas Alliance, a nonprofit business trade organization, has launched a “Playcation” promotion to lure more area residents to downtown restaurants and attractions.

“Downtown small business owners are hanging in there,” said Carolyn Wheeler, executive director of the alliance. “If we can maybe replace some of that tourist visitation and business visitation with locals who are itching to get out, that would be a big positive.”


The campaign is a partnership among about two dozen businesses, casinos, museums and retail outlets.

People can download a Explore DTLV smartphone app or go online to find discounts and take advantage of leisure itineraries until mid-December with themes such as dining, family fun, the Mob Museum, downtown murals and social

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Downtown Las Vegas Program Looks to Locals to Boost Business | Nevada News

By BRYAN HORWATH, Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas normally attracts visitors from across the globe. But with travel lagging during the coronavirus pandemic, downtown businesses are looking toward locals to bolster their bottom lines.

The Downtown Vegas Alliance, a nonprofit business trade organization, has launched a “Playcation” promotion to lure more area residents to downtown restaurants and attractions.

“Downtown small business owners are hanging in there,” said Carolyn Wheeler, executive director of the alliance. “If we can maybe replace some of that tourist visitation and business visitation with locals who are itching to get out, that would be a big positive.”

The campaign is a partnership among about two dozen businesses, casinos, museums and retail outlets.

People can download a Explore DTLV smartphone app or go online to find discounts and take advantage of leisure itineraries until mid-December with themes such as dining, family fun, the

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Conroe business owners concerned about homeless in downtown, but help appears on the horizon



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Recent increase in downtown police presence pleases business owners, concerns other residents

CHICAGO — An increase in police presence downtown has left one alderman and some community members concerned about their neighborhoods being less safe.

Following several incidents of looting and unrest in downtown Chicago, several business owners and employees have welcomed the recent increase in police presence.

“It caused a lot of people to lose their jobs. It caused a lot of people to shut down a lot of stuff. It caused a lot of chaos,” Green Leaf Market employee Paul Skaro said.

A recent memo released by police outlines a plan to position more officers downtown during daytime hours for a highly visible presence while moving officers from other districts.

Residents from other neighborhoods are critical of the plan, citing less policing in their neighborhoods during an increase in violence.2

“For me, this is very dangerous policy being implemented because the neighborhoods like mine that I represent from West Englewood

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Downtown Fresno business partners with Postmates

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A Downtown Fresno tech business is growing and helping restaurant owners connect with their hungry customers.

Pita bread is created from scratch every day at Kabab City in northeast Fresno.

“With the pandemic, the business went slower because we have a lot of seats here. But we still have to-go orders a lot and catering, so that is what helps us,” said Abdalla Qawadri, Kabab City.

This Mediterranean restaurant opened a year ago and has seen its delivery and to-go orders grow to 40 percent of their business.

They have an app online for people to use that was created by Ordrslip.

The Downtown Fresno business is now connecting business owners with delivery drivers.

“We’ve actually just partnered with Postmates. So now with the existing platform and the technology that we provide, we can now leverage Postmates drivers and bringing those to our clients now,” said

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COVID 19 NC: Downtown Fayetteville businesses find success in online sales 6 months since start of COVID-19 pandemic

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WTVD) — The Historic Downtown Fayetteville area is slowly recovering from the last six months of the pandemic with many business owners still working on finding a model that works best during this new day and age.

Since the major shutdowns back in March, Jerry McDonald, co-owner of Yellow Crayons, told ABC11 they’ve heavily relied on their online sales, seeing great numbers since May.

“First couple of months: face mask, face mask, face mask. Now, it’s a face mask and everything else,” McDonald said. The print shop has sold custom masks to government departments locally and across the region.

On top of the state-mandated shutdowns in March, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers baseball season was cancelled and major events like the famous Dogwood Festival were postponed, leaving Hay Street with very inconsistent foot traffic, according to McDonald.

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Christine Michaels, the President and CEO of the Greater Fayetteville

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