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COVID-19 Student Interviews - Milner, Bethany

Deacon Experiences during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

 

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creator
Strackman, Braden
Milner, Bethany
date
2020-09-08T18:47:41Z
2020-09-08T18:47:41Z
2020-07-24
2020-09-08 (issued)
description
Bethany Milner is the Owner and Manager of Top Leaf Cigar Lounge, a premium cigar retail shop and smoking lounge in Winston-Salem founded in November 2016. Top Leaf saw a slowdown in business as early as February and as a unique hyrbid retail and lounge business, Milner had difficulty finding safety restrictions that addressed her business model well. While she was technically labeled as an essential business, being a tobacco distributer, she decided to align herself with Stage Two openings instead, closing initially and then reopening two months later. She explains the complications she encountered seeking finanical support and how she ended up spending most of the loan she received on taxes related to her tobacco license. During the quarantine period, Top Leaf stayed afloat by delivering cigar orders to individuals' homes, and once they reopened, they did so with a long list of cleaning and health procedures, some of which Milner plans to keep in place even after the pandemic. She expresses love for her business and the ability to hear many perspectives from the customers that smoke in her shop, then addresses the politically charged American perspective on COVID-19 and mask wearing. Although she notes this time as uncomfortable, she shares that she has learned to find peace in the discomfort and is optimistic about the change that will come out of this period.
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audio/mp3
Oral histories
Permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/96971
language
English
relation
Special Collections and Archives
Z. Smith Reynolds Library
Wake Forest University
Office of Civic and Community Engagement (RG22.6)
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subject
Coronavirus infections--History--Sources
COVID-19 (Disease)--History--Sources
Wake Forest University--History--Sources
COVID-19 Student Interviews
Office of Civic and Community Engagement
Winston-Salem (N.C.)
Small business--United States
Tobacco
Cigars
Retail trade
title
COVID-19 Student Interviews - Milner, Bethany
type
Sound

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