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OTR Businesses Under A Pandemic, Recession And Now, Protests

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Bill Rinehart
Cincy Shirts was one of the Downtown stores damaged during looting that took place on May 29.

Businesses in Over-the-Rhine are weathering the economic shutdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, and now, the anti-racism protests. Alexus Hight, the owner of the upscale children's clothing boutique, Hutch Baby, worked to reopen her doors after she saw people breaking windows on Vine Street. On Elm Street, Black OWned and BlaCk Coffee Lounge owner Means Cameron saw an outpouring of support for his businesses after vandals broke his windows.

Alexus Hight and Means Cameron join Cincinnati Edition to discuss their businesses. Enquirer reporter Alex Coolidge examines how local businesses are coping with the pandemic, the recession and the protests. And reporter Andy Brownfield covered the damage to OTR businesses for the Business Courier. They also join us for the program.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.