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Two unlikely small businesses team up for pandemic ‘fight’

COVID-19 first shook the world two years ago, forcing some businesses to close and others to pivot.
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 12:43 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - COVID-19 first shook the world two years ago, forcing some businesses to close and others to pivot.

PG&J’s Dog Park Bar opened in January 2021, at the height of the pandemic, but plans for the bar predate COVID-19. Gina Nobles, the owner, said 2021 was a real struggle.

Donna French, the owner of A Bout Time Fitness, was in a similar situation.

Looking for a way to change direction, she realized that if people weren’t coming to her, she’d have to go to them - and she’d bring her dogs this time.

”We reached out to Gina and said, ‘Hey, what do you think?’” French said.

French and her team now teach a kickboxing class at PG&J’s every Saturday called Bark ‘n Box.

It was two small, woman-owned businesses helping each other out in a time of need, which Nobles believes can serve as a model for other small businesses in various industries.

”We are better together,” said Nobles. “It’s time to come together, talk to each other (and ask), ‘What are your struggles? What are you feeling? How can I help?”

Both women said they are extremely grateful for each other as a result of the Bark ‘n Box event. They practice fighting moves, but they’re fighting together.

“There’s been a lot of relationships formed because of the pandemic,” Nobles said, “and it seems counterintuitive, but it’s been quite a blessing.”

“Hopefully it’s just the start of something much bigger,” French added.

Sign up to partake in the Bark n’ Box event here. The first class is free and held at noon every Saturday.

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