"I do believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel."
It was three and a half months before the pandemic hit Mary Allen opened her shop Sixth & Zero in Downtown Newburgh.
"We knew it is going to be a challenge and we know there may be disruptions in the future as well and it's a little risky and scary," says Allen, Sixth & Zero owner.
Like many others, she had to close her doors for a short time, but all hope wasn't lost.
"The spirit that we found in our community for supporting local, especially during that shutdown and online sales and delivery sales just blew us away," says Allen.
Allen was able to continue selling soaps, body products, and sustainable goods taking each day at a time with the help of the community.
"That was a testament to those times in bringing people together through hardship," says Allen.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the company has been able to take a risk into the New Year, expanding across the Tri-State.
"Knowing how the pandemic has hit several businesses, it is very humbling to think that we're taking this chance in being able to grow," says Allen.
Sixth & Zero will be opening their new store on Main Street in Evansville sometime in the next two weeks.
They've already been able to hire more people.
It's a chance for their business to thrive, while giving back to the community who has uplifted them during this rough patch.
"To share and hear and listen from one another can just be so helpful and uplifting and encouraging," says Allen. "Even if it's just enough to get you through that next day, then we got through the next day."