For Some New York City Businesses, Making Masks Has Provided A New Lifeline

When New York City largely shut down last month due to the spread of Covid-19, it was a devastating blow for some businesses. That included the Master Tailor, an alteration shop on Manhattan’s Upper West Side that had only been open for about a year. In late March, customer traffic decreased. Eventually, the father-daughter team who own the shop, Steve and Leah Kim, saw no business at all, as restrictions to keep a six-foot distance from other people made it impossible to do alterations. “Since we were not considered an essential business, we were going to close the shop,” Leah said. But then the Kims pivoted to make masks for their family, due to the late shipment of an online order. Simultaneously, a customer requested they make masks for her family and neighbors. Read more at CNBC.