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12 Businesses that Opened During the Pandemic


“In every challenge there is opportunity”. This quote is often attributed to Winston Churchill, the British Prime Minister, who stared Nazi Germany in the face and did not stand down until Britain was free. One can only imagine the difficult challenges that lay ahead of him as he sought to defend his country. But even as he did, he still felt there was opportunity to be found in that challenging time, and find it he did!

Larb Thai-Isan brought to South Florida the flavors of Thailand.

Facing the Challenge of COVID-19

Fast forward to 2020 in South Florida, and the COVID-19 quarantine. This new threat forced us to change the way we live and challenged many people in their day to day lives. Many businesses did not make it. We shared those that did not in an article entitle 20 Restaurants that Closed During the Pandemic. Despite the fact that many closed, others opened. They faced the challenge of COVID-19 in the face, much like Churchill did with Nazi Germany, and they won.

So who are these winners? Have a look at the list below of 13 businesses that beat the odds and opened their doors during the quarantine.

12 Businesses that Opened During the Pandemic

  1. Bluebelle Florals (Oakland Park)
  2. In a Pickle (Oakland Park)
  3. Hot of the Grill 17 (Fort Lauderdale)
  4. Kith & Co. (Oakland Park)
  5. Larb Thai-Isan (Fort Lauderdale)
  6. PS Green Vegan (Oakland Park)
  7. Rock Preserver (Fort Lauderdale)
  8. Synergistic Movement (Oakland Park)
  9. The Butcher’s Barrel (Oakland Park)
  10. The Mason Jar pub (Oakland Park)
  11. Tropibowls (Oakland Park)
  12. Zero Empty Spaces (Oakland Park)

Stop by and patronize theses so they continue to grow as we recover from the quarantine and move to infinity and beyond!! If you know of any other businesses that opened during quarantine, be sure to share their information in the comments section of this article. 


About the Writer


Desiree Avila


Désirée Ávila EDITOR, PUBLISHER, WRITER, PHOTOGRAPHER, REALTOR® Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 35 years. In addition to publishing, Désirée has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida REALTOR® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism. Désirée consistently professionally develops herself and has earned several different professional designations and certifications in real estate including the GRI, PSA, e-Pro, AHWD, SRS, ABR®, SRES and SFR®. She was also awarded the C2EX, Commitment to Excellence award by the National Association for Realtors (NAR). This award is given to REALTORS® that distinguish themselves for their commitment to excellence in the real estate industry. She is esteemed by her real estate colleagues and has consistently received 5 star reviews from her clients. Her philosophy about real estate is that being a REALTOR® is a way of teaching and helping people, and in the process a real estate transaction may occur, that is to say her foremost priority is and has always been about helping others. She is dedicated to her hometown of Oakland Park and works consistently on building and fostering a strong community. She is passionate about photography and loves to read books about history ; the more detail the better! In addition to English, Désirée is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.

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