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Thursday, 25 February 2021

Opening a business during a pandemic.

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Opening a business during a pandemic.
Opening a business during a pandemic.

The Spinning Axe opened it's doors in January 2021, just as COVID-19 cases were surging from the holidays.

Owner Barbara Huddleston and General Manager Jason Whitenight tell us how it's been opening a small business in the middle of a pandemic.

Small businesses have had to close their doors due to the pandemic, one has decided to open their doors for the first time.

News 18's peter hulett spoke with the folks behind the business and has more information.

Hey, peter.

Hey there meredith, barbara huddleston and jason whitenight have been at it since the new year.

And amid a global pandemic, they're giving the new business their best shot.

"we feel very blessed, very lucky" when a global pandemic has been shutting down small businesses across the country one pair of entreprenurial thinkers saw the perfect time to open.

"it does sound a little bit crazy," that's general manager jason whitenight, general manager and... chief axe coach.

Nat pop axe at the spinning axe in downtown lafayette.

It opened in january 2021... just after the holiday surges of covid-19.

"so we knew it was a big risk, you know?

It's still a big risk, even though we've been doing well these last five weeks that we've been open.

But it's a risk that we think is worth taking."

Whitenight is partnered with barbara huddleston, the owner of the spinning axe.

She brings over a decade of experience of business leadership.

But the pandemic has been tough.

When covid-slowed her catering business to a hault, she made a leap of faith.

"i was scared because i basically took my savings and put it into a brand new venture that there's nothing like in the area, so part of me was like well maybe it's not great."

But so far, business has been right on target.

"this was a way for people to go out and do something fun with their family to blow off some steam in a safe way, so yeah it was scary but it was also... it kinda fit with what we were dealing with in this year."

And it goes to show... even during a pandemic... never give up.

"my parents raised me to not be a quitter and so i..

Yeah i got knocked down but it wasn't the end of me and i wanted to... i love being a small business owner, i've been 12 years being a small business owner and i wouldn't want it any other way.

Nat pop axe the spinning axe has also obtained a liqour license in the last few days, and they're hoping to keep their momentum going into the rest of 2021.

Meredith back over to you.

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