Small business owner in Lexington thankful for support

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Small Business Saturday is making an impact on many shops across the state especially as retail continues to hurt through this pandemic.

Shana Barnes opened Toi’s Boutique last December, named in honor of her sister who died two years ago.

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She says when the pandemic hit, she struggled a bit, and even moved locations, but the support she’s gotten has kept her in business.

Barnes says it’s important to shop locally, especially now.

“I think it helps with the community,” Barnes says. “It also opens doors for people who can’t get jobs, such as myself. I was a felon, so I decided to open my own business.”

Barnes says she hires people in the same boat.

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Bobbi McSwine joined the ABC 36 News Team in March 2020. She started as a Web Content Producer in November 2019. She was born and raised in Chicago, IL, known to many as the “Windy City.” She studied journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. While in school, she had a number of internships ranging from Free Spirit Media, ABC 7 Chicago and Illinois Public Media. She fell in love with writing in high school and paired that with a newfound passion for storytelling in college. She misses her hometown, but she loves the horses and rich history in Lexington. When she’s not working, she’s probably listening to music or binge-watching Netflix. She’s always looking to get to know more people in Central Kentucky, so feel free to shoot her a message on Facebook @BobbiWTVQ, follow her on Twitter @McSwineB_News, or send her an email at bmcswine@wtvq.com.