Stay-home stories: Kearsy Hoffman & V-Sports Arena

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Kearston “Kearsy” Hoffman and her husband Colton are proud to run the V-Sports Arena, an entertainment center with virtual reality, laser tag, and nerf guns. “We have a virtual simulation of falling off an eighty story building that’s so realistic, I’ve seen grown men freeze up and back away. Out of our 200 different experiences, I really like this one!” …

Stay-home stories: Alisha Anderson

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Alisha Anderson, cosmetologist at Bling Salon in Hayden, said when the shutdown began, she felt paralyzed. “At first I was depressed and scared, because you don’t know if someone’s a carrier of coronavirus, and you question whether you already have it. And then it was scary because I have no money, and I wondered ‘how long can I go without …

Stay-home stories: Tina Bui & Ylan Salon and Spa

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“I love doing nails,” Tina Bui says. “I love the interaction with the clients, and I learn so much from people. I just love what I do.” But at the moment, Tina and her five employees are completely out of work.  Tina’s Ylan Salon and Spa has been shut down for nearly six weeks, and “by the time we open, …

Stay-home stories: Michael Wendt & Wendt Pottery

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Michael Wendt started Wendt’s Pottery in 1973, after a life-changing experience. Mike was working on a masters degree when he decided to take an elective pottery course. “It was a moment of instant affinity,” Mike described. “I hadn’t realized what was missing from my life.”  The pottery business has been good to Mike and, at 72 years old, he runs …

Stay-home stories: Bradley Gorringe & Indoor Kart Racing

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Indoor Kart Racing owner Bradley Gorringe points out, “Rent on our building is close to $20,000 per month. With no cash flow, that’s coming out of my pocket. We could lose everything we own.” Bradley closed his go-kart racing track and laid off his 15 employees on March 19th, before the governor’s shut-down order. “We wanted to be good social citizens,” …

Stay-home stories: Evan Pruett & Hooligans

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My wife and I worked as employees at Hooligans in Pocatello for 15 years. About three years ago, our dream came true of becoming business owners and we bought the bar. Since then, our business has been doing great. However, since the stay-home order, our business has been devastated. Bars were one of the first places that were shut down. …