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A new year brings new goals for CSRA small business

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 12:14 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - 2020 didn’t go exactly as planned, but business owners are ready for a fresh start to 2021.

The year wasn’t exactly tranquil for spa owners Michelle Grant and Dan Finn.

“February 17th we actually opened our doors for business, and February 28th I actually bowed out for a mastectomy,” said Grant, co-owner of Sól Himalayan Salt Cave and Spa. “I was only out for about 2 weeks, came back for a week, and that’s when we had to shut down March 23rd for the pandemic.”

Despite things not going as they expected, they were able to win an award from Columbia County for their spa in 2020. In 2021, they say their biggest goal is to educate people on their salt cave, which is the only one in town.

“Just because no one’s heard of it. They don’t have a reference point to what it is that we do,” said Finn.

They say their salt cave offers benefits for people with asthma, COPD, eczema, and a variety of other conditions.

Meanwhile across town, a new year has meant a new location for Bites and Brushes. Owner Constance Johnson-Holmes says she and her husband had to pivot their business when the pandemic hit. After they were unable to host painting classes and parties, they started selling painting kits online and curbside.

“I learned a while ago that a whole lot of what being an entrepreneur is is just basically jumping off a cliff and making a plane on the way down. So that’s what we’re doing, we’re making our plane,” said Johnson-Holmes.

Their online business flourished in the pandemic, and they hope their new location set to open later this month will provide adequate space for them to get back to hosting classes.

Megan Alig, owner of catering company and private chef business Creative Cuisine, says she hopes more people will support local businesses instead of big-box stores in the new year.

Alig says she was especially hit when the Master’s went patron-less in 2020. She says she and around 40 of her staff were set to provide private chef services to patrons, but were left out of a job. She hopes April of 2021 will be a different story.

Regardless, Alig says she’s one of the lucky ones. She still has her business, her home, and her family is in good health.

“Plus, I’m a fighter so there’s that,” said Alig.

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