Va.’s governor surprises struggling enterprise house owners with checks

It had been described as a sit-down with Virginia’s governor, to debate their struggles because the pandemic started. However when it was over, some small-business house owners in Alexandria have been holding checks with restoration cash.

From left: Maria and George Christou, house owners of RTs Restaurant; Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam; and Small Muffins proprietor Breana Perez on Tuesday. (WTOP/Kristi King)

It had been described as a sit-down with Virginia’s governor to debate their struggles because the pandemic started. However when it was over, some small-business house owners in Alexandria have been holding checks with restoration cash.

The gathering occurred Tuesday at RT’s Restaurant in Del Ray.

“Is enterprise selecting again up?” Ralph Northam requested George Christou, the restaurant’s co-owner.

“Each month is best than the final,” Christou replied.

Requested the identical query, the proprietor of Small Muffins Cupcakery and Creamery talked about robust group help being a blessing that allowed her to remain open.

“It’s nonetheless an actual curler coaster general, [but] fairly regular,” Breana Perez mentioned. “It’s been good. It’s been a blessing.”

Northam advised these assembled that “cash leaders” from the state Home and Senate agreed that a part of the $4.3 billion in federal cash going to the Commonwealth — as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act — ought to go to small companies.

Then he broke out ceremonial poster board checks of $100,000 for the house owners of RT’s — George and Maria Christou — and $15,349 for Perez’s enterprise.

Speaking with WTOP after the occasion, all of the enterprise house owners expressed gratitude for what the cash will imply for them.

“We would have liked the cash to maintain the staff collectively and hold this place going,” George Christou mentioned.

“We’re going to maintain going. It’s going to occur,” Maria Christou emphasised.

“It’s been arduous discovering workers and the price of items going up is insane,” Perez mentioned. The aid cash, she mentioned, will enable her to purchase provides in bulk and beef up her employees.

“Our foreseeable future is development and we’d like individuals to do this,” Perez mentioned.

The house owners of each institutions agreed the present state of affairs of provide prices versus what they cost isn’t sustainable.

“If we increase costs, clients aren’t going to be comfortable,” Perez mentioned.

“We don’t wish to try this,” Maria Christou concurred.

Now, they’re all wanting towards the long run.

“The worst is behind us,” George Christou mentioned.

And Maria Christou added, “Sure, we see the sunshine on the finish of the tunnel.”


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