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BACK TO BUSINESS: Bowlers return to chase strikes at Kingpin after four-month Covid shutdown

For Kingpin Bowling Centre, the Covid-19 pandemic has knocked over most of its pins, but the game isn’t over yet. Owner Ella Liu decided to shut down the alley just three days before the NWT’s first case of coronavirus was announced on March 21. Then for over four months there were no more strikes, spares, …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Piercings by Haylee J pins its success on community support during pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a catalyst in a type of rebirth for Piercings by Haylee J. Just days before the first confirmed case of the virus was announced in the NWT, the owner voluntarily closed her old piercing shop in the CloudWorks building on 52 Street. “A lot of what I do involves getting …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Fish on the Bay’s flexibility made for fair summer, but winter worries lie ahead

“Only the flexible survive” might someday be an aphorism coined to describe how small businesses can cope with a pandemic. In the case of Fish on the Bay, its small size and mobility helped it adapt as its regular business channels dried up over the last six months. When the pandemic arrived in the NWT …

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Tourism operator shifts gears to open staycation lodge, Chinese food business

A Yellowknife business owner has responded to the pandemic by opening not one, but two businesses. Luna Liu is the owner of Destination NWT, a tourism operation that offers travel packages for English and Mandarin-speaking travellers. But like almost all operators in the tourism sector, the Covid-19 pandemic flattened her business activity. “We stopped all …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Breaking a sweat breaks up pandemic blues for Anytime Fitness

Safaa Nielsen admits that a pandemic wasn’t high on her list of eventualities for the business plan she prepared before she opened Anytime Fitness in January 2019. Just as unexpected was how fast things changed once Covid arrived in the NWT, quieting the sounds of fitness classes and exercise machines in her 24-hour gym when …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Yellowknifers’ taste for meat helped keep Northern Fancy Meats afloat during pandemic

Culinary historians might one day write about how Yellowknifers’ appetite for meat persisted even during the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, and possibly beyond. At least that’s what the last six months have shown the owner of Northern Fancy Meats, Terry Greene, who said business has been steady ever since Covid arrived in the NWT in …

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BACK IN BUSINESS: After a four-week period with just $500 in revenue, Quarry Restaurant has bounced back

Business schools might someday use the experience of Sam Yang as a case study in general managers leading an enterprise in troubled times. Three days after he took the reins as general manager of the Chateau Nova Hotel and its Quarry Restaurant and Lounge on March 16, he had to lay staff off due to …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Boreal Flavour tastes out new ideas to outlast pandemic

For Etienne Croteau, the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on his restaurant Flavour Trader was like a mass dine and dash. There was no slow, winding down of business or gradual exodus of customers. Once the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre closed its doors on March 16, his fine dining restaurant that occupied part …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: Stanley Boxing Gym readies for next round with healthy meals program

Covid landed some heavy blows early on in the fight, but Stanley Boxing Gym and Fitness is still on its feet and ready for the next round. As a business whose basic operations involve close physical contact, the 54 Avenue gym was closed for almost three months after the pandemic arrived in the NWT. Healthy …

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BACK TO BUSINESS: ‘People turn to music at a time like this,’ says Fiddles and Stix owner

Yellowknife’s only musical instrument shop has been feeling the rhythm of life under the pandemic slowdown. The clientele at Fiddles and Stix Music Centre represents the fact that so many Northerners have been at home instead of at the work site since the pandemic and ensuing social lockdowns arrived. “People definitely turn to music at …

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