Local businesses hopeful Restaurant Week will provide a boost in business


Restaurant Week in The District in downtown Columbia began Monday, and local restaurants say the event could help boost businesses for the industry during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Nickie Davis with the District said restaurants are still being impacted by the pandemic while only being able to serve people at half capacity.

“A majority of them are far less than that capacity because we still need to factor in the six-foot distancing which means that some of them are at 20% capacity,” Davis said. “That doesn’t mean that their utilities went down 20%. That doesn’t mean their rent

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Natural Gas Battles Local Climate Efforts : NPR

Tyler Hollon, who works for a construction company in Utah, says eliminating natural gas from apartment buildings can reduce costs. Hollon’s company now shares its designs and budgets with other builders. “The reason we’re giving it away is to clean up the air,” Hollon says. “We want everybody to do it. It’s everybody’s air that we’re all breathing. Makes my mountain bike ride that much easier.”

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Facing the rising threat of wildfire and extreme drought, Flagstaff, Ariz., unveiled an ambitious effort two years ago to cut the heat-trapping

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Finance committee to tackle Evers’ budget in person; public hearings around state in question | Local Government

“So much of government takes place in Madison and even when they do Superior Days and things like that, it’s just not the same,” she said. “I think the best thing about Joint Finance is that it goes all over the state. I think the roadshow is very important. I think it is very important for citizens to feel like they have access to the government.”

The Joint Finance Committee gathers public testimony on the budget during the first stop of its “roadshow” in Janesville in April 2019.

It’s still unclear exactly how the panel will handle balancing

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Wisconsin would start health insurance marketplace, public option under Gov. Tony Evers’ budget | Local News

The Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace is at healthcare.gov.

Wisconsin would create a state-based health insurance marketplace and a public option plan in which people likely could buy into BadgerCare, the state’s main Medicaid program, under Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget.

The moves could save the state money and provide insurance for many who might lose coverage if the Affordable Care Act is struck down, the governor’s office said. Twenty-one states have state-based marketplaces and at least two — Colorado and Washington — are known to be pursuing public option programs.

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Local matchmaking service customers are calling a waste of money

DENVER — Elizabeth Young first saw ads for It’s Just Lunch in airplane magazines.

After not having luck with other online dating apps, Young, a 41-year-old school counselor, said she decided to write a check to It’s Just Lunch Denver. It cost Young $2,700 for a lifetime membership and then a fee of roughly $90 per month.

The dating service sells itself as an elite international matching service that has offices across the country, including in Denver.

“What they say is ‘It’s Just Lunch is the world’s No. 1 personal matchmaking service. It’s personal, it’s private, it’s convenient, it’s real.’

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Ocala/Marion County local business news for Feb. 15, 2021

This is the Star-Banner’s weekly listing of local business news. Send items to [email protected] and write “business briefs” in the message line.

Big Daddy Guns will hold a grand opening for its Ocala store, in the Carus Plaza shopping center at 3558 SW College Road, Suite 400, at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20. The store sells guns, gear, ammo and accessories.

• A Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is opening this month at 3980 SW 26th Court, Unit 103, Ocala. This will be the national company’s second biggest Florida store and is expected to provide 20-25 new jobs.

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