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‘Great things come in pairs;’ Twin brothers use sock business to help community during pandemic

OVIEDO, Fla. – A pair of twin brothers are making a difference in their Central Florida community one sock at a time.

What started as a dream has now become a reality for Marcus and Mario Taylor. They own The Sock Gallery, which is a unique business selling personalized socks and masks. The business has grown into its very own empire serving customers and well-known celebrities.

The Memphis natives moved to Central Florida with a vision and have now made a name for themselves in their community.

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Their business started in 2015 with a small kiosk inside the Oviedo Mall. After one year, they moved into their second kiosk in the Altamonte Springs Mall and then moved onto their own brand of socks, creating the option for customers to customize their own socks. By 2017, they

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Twin sisters start cookie business in Central Florida during COVID-19 pandemic

Twin sisters Zoe and Zarya Spires, of Brevard County, have become a pair of young entrepreneurs after lanching the Ladybugz Cookie Company.

The seven-year-old girls started the business during the pandemic with their dad, Zachary Spires. He also owns a business making sweet treats, like candy apples and popcorn.

“I wanted them to understand how they can impact the world themselves,” Zach said. “Also, ownership. When you have ownership of something it gets you establishing those values early and building the character around what it means to work hard.”

Before starting his business, Zach was an Orlando police officer for 20 years. He retired shortly after the girls were born because he had to

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Twin Cities Startup Week going virtual, extended over three weeks

Bharat Pulgam skipped school when he was 14 to attend his first Twin Cities Startup Week event six years ago.

He has returned to it most years since, meeting angel investors and connecting with other young entrepreneurs who are now part of his team.

“I would print 50 business cards and would make sure I handed out all 50 by the end of the event,” said the 20-year-old, who is now working on his nearly two-year-old startup, Pikup, which helps neighbors connect so they can grab groceries for one another.

This year, such networking will be more challenging as Twin Cities Startup Week is going nearly all online because of the coronavirus pandemic. Still, Pulgam said he will be part of the events, which start on Monday and will actually go on for the rest of the month.

“People who want to make the best of the opportunity will, even

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Twin Cities short-term rental market takes a beating: ‘Our whole business shifted’

On a good month, the upper floor of Michael and Krista Browne’s Minneapolis duplex near the University of Minnesota and Stone Arch Bridge could pull in $2,750 to $3,000 as an Airbnb rental. For the Brownes and many other vacation rental owners in the Twin Cities, there haven’t been many good months this year.

“We were spending money to manage month to month, but not seeing income,” said Krista Browne.

This spring, when COVID-19 slammed the brakes on travel and cancellations exceeded new bookings, Browne grew weary of the uncertainty. She turned the Airbnb into a long-term rental that now fetches only $1,800 a month, upending the couple’s plans to convert the 1,000 square-foot unit they occupied into a short-term rental that would help fund the purchase of a house — they have a toddler and she’s pregnant with twins.

“Our whole business shifted,” she said. “We had to get

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