HIGH EARTH, Ind. (WTWO / WAWV) – Business owners have faced the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and it is no different for new business owners.
New business owners Lucy Chew and Eric Handlin opened Studio 12 almost a month ago, and they are facing similar challenges to seasoned business owners during the pandemic.
Chew said the shortage of the supply chain has delayed the official opening of Studio 12 by nearly seven months.
“We were supposed to reopen in February or March,” Chew said. “We had a lot of trouble getting things done when we wanted to get things done. “
As the nationwide supply chain shortage continues, Chew said the business is still feeling its effects, but customers understand the problem.
“We have pie boxes that are supposed to be delivered someday and they don’t show up,” Chew explained. “So it’s a challenge, but our customers really got it all. “
However, Chew said the support they received from the community made the transition to life as a business owner easier.
“We get so many new customers through word of mouth and social media coverage,” Chew said. “Stuff like that, we just appreciate everyone coming and spreading the word about us.”
Handlin also praised community members because he believes they are the driving force in keeping a small business stable.
“I can’t believe this is really happening,” Handlin said. “We have received a lot of support from the community and the business is really stable. “