LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Some small businesses in Lafayette are breathing a sigh of relief. The city announced 18 businesses that were chosen for the cities COVID-19 relief funding. For businesses like Lafayette Brewing Company who have been closed the entire lockdown, this funding is vital to keeping them afloat.
"The shutdown was traumatic,” said Greg Emig, the owner of Lafayette Brewing Company. “There were a lot of tears shed between us and the staff and it was a hard thing to do."
The business decided not to open up for curbside or delivery during the shutdown because they didn’t feel they would make enough profit.
"We got a big old building down here and it takes a lot of money to keep it running, “added Emig.
For businesses like Dragon's Bane Tattoo & Body Piercing, they didn't have an option to stay open.
"In our business, you can't social distance," said Sean Mcgill who owns Dragon's Bane Tattoo & Body Piercing with his wife.
Both owners now have relief from the city of Lafayette on the way. The money is coming from the city of Lafayette though their Emergency Small Business Assistance Program to Local Businesses Impacted by COVID-19. The term of the assistance is six months and is forgivable if the business uses it for payroll, rent or mortgage and utilities.
"It feels good,” added McGill. It's going to keep things normal. It feels really good to know the city cares, you especially an alternative business like us.”
"It's going to help us pay some bills and pay some employees get them back to work and you know help cover some expenses as we renegotiate the new world we entering,” added Emig.
While both are happy they can sustain their business, helping their employees is something they are grateful to be able to do.
"Not knowing what we could and couldn't do, it was difficult,” said Carrie McGill of Dragon's Bane Tattoo & Body Piercing. “To have to look them in the eye and say ‘we want to help you but right now we just can't right now’ it was hard. So being able to get to that point especially before rent was due for everyone was very nice. It made us feel good to be able to do that."
"This isn't a punch the clock kind of business,” added Sean. “You're your own salesmen you're your own booking agent but when these people rely on you to have a place to do this job and you can't I mean you've got to take care of them.”
Dragon's Bane Tattoo opened today, by appointment only. Everyone who books an appointment for a tattoo or piercing must come alone. The business has to maintain a 1 client to 1 artist ratio. Everyone also has to wear a facemask at all times while in the business.
Lafayette Brewing Company will open at fifty percent capacity on Wednesday. They will maintain a limited schedule until further notice. They will be open from 11 AM to 9 PM Wednesday through Sunday with a limited menu. They are also following all guidelines laid out by the CDC. Neither business knows how much money they will receive from the program at this point. However, each small business can qualify for up to 10-thousand dollars through the program. Below is the full list of businesses that received funding.
Ashley Read Photography LLC
Bloom Kids Collection
Boutique LoriAnn Inc dba Boutique LoriAnn
Dragon's Bane Tattoo & Body Piercing
Gaby Couture LLC
J&M Corp Lafayette Brewing Co
Jane's Gourmet Deli & Catering Inc
JOMA Ventures LLC dba Carnahan Hall
On Deck Training LLC
Rebecca Floyd dba Dance Dynamics
Revolution Barbeque LLP
Thieme and Wagner Brewery
Tier 1 Games LLC
Tra4el Girl LLC