The deli has been a part of Beck’s life for a long time. Owned by her mother, “The Mud,” as it’s called by locals, will celebrate its 21st birthday in October.

“I’m ready for people again. I miss the customers and having a line to the door,” Beck said.

Wyandotte County, Kansas

Also missing customers is Ana Medina, who owns Moda Bella in downtown Kansas City, Kansas.

The dress shop focuses mostly on dresses and decorations for weddings and quinceañeras, and while she plans to open her dress shop on Monday, she doesn’t expect it will help recover much lost business.

Medina typically packs most of her annual sales into the months between March and August, when most quinceañeras are held.

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Ana Medina worries that her dress shop, Moda Bella, won’t make enough sales this year to cover all the bills.

But Moda Bella has been closed for about 40 days. And many celebrations are either canceled or delayed until sometime after the pandemic.

“We’ve had no business all year,” Medina said. “It’s not enough to pay the bills.”

Government loans for small businesses have helped her stay afloat, she said. She also hopes to salvage some business from people ordering dresses for next year.

“We have to continue to have faith in the Mexican people,” she said. “Because we make a lot of celebrations!”

At Mariscos El Pirata on Central Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, owner Josefina Saenz isn’t necessarily excited to re-open the restaurant for dining right away.

“I heard that (Wyandotte County) will allow us to open to customers next Monday,” she said. “But I decided to wait two or three weeks.”

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Mariscos El Pirata in Kansas City, Kansas, would be allowed to open as early as May 3rd, but Josefina Saenz worries for the safety of her customers and employees.

Saenz is worried about the safety of her customers — with room for only a handful of dine-in tables, it would be nearly impossible to maintain social distancing in her current space.

Clay County, Missouri

Similarly, Amy Abbiatti is still trying to figure out when to open the Manor Thrift Shop she manages in Liberty, Missouri. Her store relies on volunteers, many of which are older, so she’s hesitant to open Monday.

“They are like family. A lot of them have been here since the store opened back in 1982,” Abbiatti said. “So that’s my biggest consideration. What am I bringing into the store that would not be good for them?”

Abbiatti said she’s looking at the guidelines for the county and wants to talk to her local Chamber of Commerce before making the call.

“As much as we want to get back on our feet and ready to go, we want to do it safely for everyone involved,” Abbiatti said.

The store could open as early as next Tuesday, or closer to the middle of May, when nearby Kansas City’s stay-at-home order ends, but Abbiatti stressed that it’s still up in the air.

In the meantime, she’s been checking in with her volunteers to see what they are comfortable with.

“I’ll just wait and see who I get back and who I don’t, and I won’t blame anybody for any of this because it’s way uncharted territory,” Abbiatti said. “We don’t know.”

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