A shopper takes a stroll in downtown Quesnel early Tuesday, Oct. 19. (Rebecca Dyok photo)

Pandemic doesn’t hold back new business popping up in Quesnel

Quesnel’s Chamber of Commerce is commending new business owners who did not hold back from opening during a pandemic.

A total of eight new businesses have set up shop in Quesnel and have been nominated for new business of the year in this year’s Business Excellence Awards.

From tree cutting, photography, ceramics, and beauty products and services to food and drink to satisfy any craving, they all offer something for everyone.

“Who opens through a pandemic? I mean, seriously, it boggles my mind,” said chamber manager Kathy Somerville applauding them.

“Now we have two new restaurants,” she added. “I mean, what is happening? It’s phenomenal. I don’t even know what to say about these people — I commend them to open a business through a pandemic and am excited for them.”

Somerville is currently working with other chambers of commerce across northern B.C. for faster COVID-19 testing.

Testing is taking anywhere from 12 to 14 days and is not good for business, she said. Some have had to close their doors while they await the results for staff members.

“You cannot have testing taking that long,” she said.

With the holiday season fast approaching, Somerville encourages the community to think twice before online shopping and consider spending their dollars at a local business.

“These people have families to feed and they support our community,” she said. “They mean the world to us and we need to support them.”

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Downtown Quesnel is home to a wide range of businesses, some of which have opened during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Rebecca Dyok photo)