Created: April 10, 2021 10:53 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- The pandemic has been tough on many small businesses. But a new clothing brand in town, Wear Local, is serving as a bright spot for business owners.
They want to help any small businesses in need, "Any help you need, reach out to us. That's the main reason why we started this is to help out the businesses that need it and that's our number one priority," Ryan Froh, founder of Wear Local Clothing said.
Wear Local shows the message of community pride through shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies, "I wanted to do my part to give back. So, I started a clothing line since I work with everyone else and their clothing line. I wanted to do it for a purpose," Froh said.
50 percent of net proceeds go towards helping small businesses in our community.
As a result, Cameo Restaurant at the Castle received a $3,000 check from Wear Local to help navigate the rest of the pandemic, "The main thing in the community is I believe it's a full circle. I think keeping money in the community is important so that way our community can thrive and we're all stronger that way," Froh said.
For co-owners of Cameo Restaurant, Zach and Danika Ohly, they're grateful for the support, "When Ryan approached us to be a part of this, we were ecstatic. We've incurred a lot of costs with sanitation and staffing and just trying to bridge the gap between pre-COVID and post COVID," Zach Ohly said.
The restaurant has seen its fair share of challenges. They originally closed back in March 2020 under Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's executive orders and reopened in June. But with downtown construction picking up and COVID cases climbing, they were caught in the middle and closed their doors again. Now, they re-opened for business and with hope for the future, "We're getting back to business as normal as it can be," Zach Ohly said.
And they're glad they have a friend like Ryan, supporting them every step of the way, "It's so generous to be doing this for local business, it's tough for everyone, even them. For them to go out and take this extra step is really amazing," Danika Ohly said.
If you would like to learn more about Wear Local, visit this link: https://wearlocalclothing.com/
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