From mid-2020 to mid-2021, Marion’s business community faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, Marion’s business leaders continue to move forward and hope for an even better year 2022.
That was the Marion Business Association’s message at Tuesday’s Marion City Council meeting. The board meeting was held virtually on Zoom due to the increase in local cases of COVIV-19 and the delta variant.
At Tuesday’s regular meeting, the MBA presented its annual report for the year 2020-21. MBA President Emily Causey presented the report to City Council.
“2020-2021 has been a tough year, but we’ve held up pretty well,” said Causey, who is also a co-owner of Mica Town Brewing.
From 2020 to 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Marion saw the opening of 21 new businesses, attended six groundbreaking ceremonies, and saw three local businesses grow during this time of uncertainty and enormous challenges.
In the annual report, 21 new companies opened from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. These are All Things Geeky by Two Nerds, Highway 55, Ollis Pressure Washing, Acrylic Counter Tops, ZIPS Car Wash, Marion Hot Wheelz, Rosie’s Dream Spa, Marion Wing Factory, Taylors Brewing Co., Cook Out, Game Heads & Vinyl Junkies, Toonez Chophouse, Refinery 13 (opened under new owner), Clear Sky Behavioral, South Side Eatery, Bubbly’s Asian Fusion, Dooly’s Trading Post, Scoop Ice Cream, Today Tomorrow PHP, Dollar Tree, Copper Creek Distillery and The Feisty Goldfish (reopened under new owner). Of these 21 new businesses, 12 are located in the downtown business district and four in the Larry D. Miller shopping complex.