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We love the entrepreneurial spirit!

The entrepreneurial spirit abounds in our region!

Within the span of just three days, there are three ribbon cutting/grand openings of businesses just in downtown Lock Haven alone today and tomorrow.

Simone’s Bakery on Main Street is celebrating its grand opening.

What a sweet deal! The bakery offers cookies, pies, cakes, cheesecakes, cinnamon rolls and more … much more.

A new women’s clothing and fashion store, Momoyo Otsu LLC at 145-147 E. Main St. (former Nittany Travel offices), held a ribbon cutting yesterday and opens its doors from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the first day of a week-long grand opening celebration (through Nov. 20, excluding Sunday).

The new boutique is in one of the coolest locations downtown, offering jewelry, women’s clothing, handbags and more.

A Little Bird, at 310 N. Grove St., is a unique little gift shop that recently opened its doors with a focus on giving back.

The shop offers a little bit of this and that — from candles and soaps to clothing.

They’ll celebrate their grand opening with an 11 a.m. today ribbon cutting.

The Amber Dragon is open or about to open, also on Main Street.

And we’re told a store will soon be going into the former CO2 space, also on Main Street.

But let’s not forget — ever — our existing and long-standing businesses and businesspeople.

What a year they are facing as the virus rocks their worlds … all of our worlds.

The job of running a successful business is more difficult in this environment.

Much more difficult.

It requires creativity, perseverance and strong work ethic.

These are essential people who offer essential products and services — essential from the standpoint that they improve our quality of life while they earn a living.

And here come the holidays … a time that can make or break most small businesses.

Shop local, we say!

Meanwhile, we’re confident there are other new stores/businesses popping up in our area and region as that entrepreneurial spirit takes flight amid COVID-19.

If you’re opening a new business, celebrating a business anniversary, please contact our newsroom at The Express community newspaper with a phone call to 570-748-6791, or an email to the team at news@lockhaven.com. In fact, do both … we want to hear from you.

And the spirit lives on!

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