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Small business owner stays positive during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 6:01 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 00:26:58-04

TULSA, Okla. — Storms moved through Green Country Wednesday morning.

Golf ball size hail busted through windshields and dented cars, adding to the troubles many Oklahomans are already dealing with COVID-19.

“When it rains it storms," said Cole Cunningham.

And is that ever true for Cunningham.

A Tulsa resident hit by the early morning storms.

“Look out and see my car just getting pummeled by the hail, nearly golf ball size hail,” said Cunningham.

He’s also a small business owner forced to close up shop inside Mother Road Market last month.

"It’s tough times for everybody," said Cunningham. "We’re dealing with a small businesses. We’ve got kids at home we’re trying to home school and then you throw a hail storm on top of it, damaging all three of our cars, it’s just a real bummer.”

His business, Mythic Press, relies heavily on local events to get by.

“Mayfest, for example, is a good customer but that event is not happening at all," Cunningham said. "There’s many other examples that just leave us with a lot less opportunity."

While the opportunities may not be there as before, Cunningham said they decided to get creative and put out a line of COVID-19 t-shirts.

“We have six t-shirt designs," said Cunningham. "They’re all fundraising to keep our staff busy as well as to provide support for the United Way COVID-19 relief fund."

Working through the pandemic has proven to be a challenge both personally and professionally, but Cunningham says he’s grateful for all he does have.

"There’s only so much we can control and unfortunately this one is way out of our hands," said Cunningham. "You know we can look for the good things in life and just try to make the most of the situation.”

The COVID-19 t-shirt line has raised $1200 for Tulsa Area United Way.

You can see all of the t-shirts designs and place an order online here.

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