ONE STORY AT A TIME, DURING THE PANDEMIC OF 2020.
In a time when the world is collectively experiencing the same thing, It’s hard to hear each individual story. The Purpose of this Project is to share the story of individual business owners in downtown Astoria during the shutdown caused by the pandemic. The lights may be off, we may have locked doors and closed signs however there are still ways to help us during this time. We can do this together. Thank you to Kallie Linder owner of Salon Boheme for writing Teresa’s story.
The Rusty Dahlia 1062 Marine Drive Astoria
The Rusty dahlia came to its name by combining two best friends and the things they love. Teresa is a lover of all things rusty, and Mary loves growing beautiful Dahlia’s.
For 25 years, they imagined a store where people could gather as friends, feel empowered, and leave inspired! The Rusty Dahlia began in the basement of Teresa’s home before landing on Marine Drive.
One April 1st Teresa took over as sole owner. Her store relies not only on local support, but also is supported by tourism. With no tourism and so many in Clatsop County out of work COVID has created financial strain for this usually flourishing store.
Customers near and far have placed orders at Rusty Dahlia which has helped to alleviate extreme financial despair and has given her not only hope, but also meaning, and purpose in this time of uncertainty.
Teresas business was founded on friendship and inspiration and it brings her joy to visit with her customers, help them with home decor, and encourage them to take on their next Chalk PaintⓇ project.
Teresa is most worried people will stop supporting small businesses and she won’t be able to stay afloat.
Spring is when Rusty Dahlia is preparing for their holiday purchases and with so much unknown she is worried there won’t be enough funds to purchase inventory.
The impact of this shut down will last months after she is able to reopen for regular business and will likely follow her into 2021.
Teresa is so grateful for everyone who has purchased from Rusty Dahlia during this time and has interacted through social media, it really does help!
PLEASE CONSIDER SUPPORTING HER SMALL BUSINESSES AT THIS TIME.
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