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Brands Gone Berserk: Early Days of Threads Was a Small Brand Bonanza, But Traffic Faded 

The first days of Threads, Meta’s new text-based social media platform designed to rival Twitter, were described as “unhinged,” “chaotic,” and “off the rails,” by some users. Specifically, those who own small businesses, namely independently-owned consumer brands.  The quick and effortless sign-up process through an Instagram account, also owned by Meta, is a low barrier for entry, […]

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It’s Been 40 Years Since an Independent Restaurant in Maine Unionized. Here’s Why the Owners Welcomed the Change

Walk into Cong Tu Bot, a popular Vietnamese restaurant in Portland, Maine, and you might smell shrimp cakes with turmeric and scallion, or caramel braised Faroe Island salmon, or congee with local organic king oyster and mung bean, being prepared in the open kitchen. The lively restaurant has both communal counter and individual table seating, inside […]

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They’re Crucial to the U.S. Economy. But Small Business Owners Say They Are at the End of Their Ropes as Omicron Sweeps Across U.S.

Last week, Diana Mora and Dashiell Brody decided to close their Brooklyn, New York, music venue bar Friends and Lovers until New Years Eve. Artists kept cancelling at the last minute – sending their programming manager in a frenzy to find a replacement or get on the stage himself to fill in – and they […]

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A Woman Restaurateur Sticks Up For Her Fellow Owners. The Industry Is Worse Off Than Many Americans Realize.

Heather Ulichney walked in the door last night to tough news: Crave, one of the pioneering restaurants in Akron, had set up a GoFundMe to raise $15,000. “The dominoes are starting to fall,” said Ulichney, who owns a tiny newcomer to the Akron, Ohio, dining scene, Square Scullery, with her husband, Matt. “This is just […]