Retail establishments in Hyde Park are experiencing serious issues as a result of the global supply chain disruption, even as the public health crisis improves. Proprietors are uncertain whether they will be able to get certain wares they need in stock from their suppliers, and increasing wholesale prices mean higher prices for their customers.
Business owners say supplies that were once available within days are now taking weeks and months to arrive if they come at all. At Hyde Park Florist, "Supplies are limited, and they're coming in very slow," said Donnalear Robinson. Flowers are part of the problem, but bread-and-butter utility vases and wicker baskets, popular during the fall, are harder to stock. A month before Thanksgiving, she cannot even find a horn of plenty: "Of course the customer doesn't understand and doesn't want to hear it, but it is what it is."
"I will be OK. As my mom always used to say, there's more than one way to skin a cat. I have to tap into alternatives in my creative arsenal for alternative branding for this alternative branding," Joi said.
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