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Bixby businesses hosting block party to support each other amid pandemic

BIXBY, Okla. — Bixby businesses are working collectively to assist each other recuperate from the pandemic.

Despite being in a busy space close to 111th and Memorial, the native businesses on the South Park Center stated issues have been gradual, however they’re hoping to change that this weekend.

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“We have to support our small local businesses right now,” said Shana Wallace, owner of Nourishment.

Wallace opened Nourishment at the South Park Center two years ago. She said it was busy at the time, but COVID-19 slowed it down.

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“During the pandemic, three to four businesses shut down,” Wallace said. “My neighbor suite next door, they’ve had two different rotating businesses that have come and gone in the last year.”

Across the car parking zone, Sean Kibble’s spouse just lately opened Align Body and Wellness, taking the leap to open a brand new enterprise throughout the pandemic.

“It’s been an exciting learning process to kind of navigate through what is the ‘normal’ now,” Kibble said.

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Kibble, Wallace and other business owners are hoping to bring more life to their shopping center. So, they’re hosting a block party in its parking lot this Saturday. There will be food and music in the parking lot. And giveaways inside the participating businesses.

“It’s just an opportunity to not just have everybody come out and hang out in the tent, but we want you to go into the businesses, meet the people running the businesses, see what they’re about,” Kibble said.

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They said it’s an opportunity to shop small and show support for others in the community.

“We’ve got such great family-owned, small, local businesses that have worked really hard to stay open during this last year,” Wallace said. “And we just really have to support each other so that we can all stay and help our community.”

The block party is Saturday from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. on the South Park Center close to 111th and Memorial in Bixby.

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