Local businesses navigate changing economic conditions – The Oberlin Review


For Adelman, these issues – both supply chain and labor costs – have been a headache to solve.

“We have a problem [at] The Feve with tater tots right now,” he said. “It’s just that the whole world is kind of upside down. We have a problem with the cost of charcoal, fish sauce — all the sauces from Asia, like oyster sauce, fish sauce, [and] soy, [are] three to four times more expensive now in terms of shipping.

For Lorraine Morrison, one of the owners of Carlyle Gift and Flower Shop, reflecting on the past two years of the pandemic has helped her realize how much it has brought the community together. At the start of the pandemic, she said she felt like customers needed social interaction when they entered the store.

“For example, if a 90-year-old woman said to me, ‘What I really want is a fish dinner,’ we would offer her a fish dinner,” Morrison said. “So we were able to respond to the community as we heard about things and that’s extremely rewarding. We have also, for two years, been able to have people from the community who have supported us a lot. They supported us because they wanted to see us succeed.

However, not all businesses stay afloat. Catrinas and The Oberlin Market have closed in recent months.

“It’s hard to say,” Haar said. “There are people very high up and people very low down. … I think some of our businesses are doing well. But some of them are still struggling.

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