There's no question that small businesses are suffering under the coronavirus shutdown. Many are struggling to stay afloat. Now is the time for local governments to do everything within their power to help these businesses find creative ways to keep the lights on, not shut them down.
This has been a really tough time for small business owners - entrepreneurs who essentially put their livelihoods on the line to serve their communities. While we can't undo the financial damage of the past few months, we can support them moving forward.
When I spoke with them on Wednesday, they were in the process of unloading 13,000 bottles to be used to get their hand-crafted spirits to many local retailers, restaurants and bars. The still is in and running. The are doing test runs formulating Adirondack Vodka and I got an up close look at the Adirondack Distilling Company at 601 Varick Street in downtown Utica. Are micro-distilling company's a