Protest for Lubbock Small Businesses Sparks Controversy

Apr 21, 2020

Dozens of Lubbock residents turned up for a protest in support of local businesses this weekend at Clapp Park. Mayor Dan Pope took part in the event as well, drawing mixed reactions from the public. This comes just days after announcing the formation of a Task Force dedicated to re-opening Lubbock businesses. Some fear pushing the city back open may cause another spike in COVID-19 cases. 

Lubbock Mayor Creates Task Force To Reopen Businesses

Apr 16, 2020

Lubbock Mayor, Dan Pope, announced on Thursday afternoon the creation of the Lubbock Economic Recovery Task Force (LERT). The group is co-chaired by Robert Taylor, CEO of United Supermarkets and Councilman Steve Massengale. It will advise the City Council on developing a responsible and reasonable path to reopening Lubbock businesses that have been closed because of COVID-19.

The art and entertainment industries were some of the first to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost overnight local musicians and venue staff had their streams of revenue temporarily put on hold. Leaving people to wonder what would come next.  

Tyler Hardy quit his job a few years ago to pursue music full time a. Managed by his partner Amy Brian, their primary source of income now comes from him performing at local restaurants and bars.

Covenant Medical Health System is making significant strides to get ahead of the continued spread of COVID-19. Among the recent developments are rapid testing results at their drive-thru clinic and an expansion of telehealth operations.

Dr. Chetlen Crossnoe, family medicine physician, demonstrated the technology they’ve incorporated during a zoom interview. Picking up the computer, he gave a brief tour of the exam room where he conducts his appointments. Aside from not being in the physical location, the setup feels like a normal visit to the doctor.

Nick's Shave Ice Paradise is a local nonprofit that provides jobs for adults with developmental disabilities. They were forced to close their doors in the wake of COVID-19.
Nick's Shave Ice Paradise Facebook page

Nick’s Shaved Ice is a local non-profit, you may have seen it at the Wolfforth Farmer’s Market. Their mission is to provide jobs to adults with developmental disabilities. And the product they sell is right there in the name: shaved ice. And the reason for shaved ice, according to executive director Bruce Bussell, is safety. “The only person who is ever been hurt by the shaved ice is me,” he laughs as he dives into detail on each of his employees.