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The Pride Parade gives business owners tired of pandemics a reason to celebrate

Church St. companies welcome the return of the parade after three years of absence

Fatima DeOliveira, owner of Church Street Garage, said she had a nervous breakdown because of pandemic difficulties. She was relieved to see the return of the Pride parade.
Church Street Garage owner Fatima De Oliveira said she had memory weakness due to a pandemic problem. She was relieved to see the resurrection of the Pride Parade. Photo: Scott Laurie/Toronto Sun

Fatima DeOliveira talks about how she talks I was shedding tears. For the past two years, she has been at stake, both personally and professionally.

"That means a lot. We need pride. It means the world to us," she says, the hustle and bustle of the patio at the corner of Church Street Garage. I stood and said.

"It was terrible," she said of the pandemic, wiping her tears from her eyes.

"This allows you to pay for all backed up invoices."

These invoices also indicate that her business was closed for two years. Regardless, it included the $ 30,000 water charge she received from the city.

"It was hard. The pandemic was tough. I actually had a neurasthenia, and I talk about it-I have a neurasthenia," she said.

The parade on Sunday was the first time in three years. It's usually an economic benefit.

De Oliveira said without it, she was almost broken.

Church Wellesley Village A part of BIA's business went bankrupt. Others are drowning in debt.

"Our rent has risen. There was no break for the rent owners. The landlord still wanted their money. And no one wanted to give you a break. They didn't care. They didn't care. We just wanted our money, "said De Oliveira. Climbing up the

street, Arul Vadivelu was prepared for a flood of customers.

"We are happy, but we believe we are not making money," said Sambucason Church chef and manager.

"We have lost regulars. We know our customers. If they are sitting, I know what they are trying to eat. But now I can't see. "

Vadivelu said there was nothing in Pride Month compared to 2019.

"We're busy here. It's okay so far. I won't complain. But this pride, we didn't make as much as in the past," he said. Told. In the

Hair of the Dog, manager James Fletcher said he was lucky to have two Café TO patios with the parade.

"One of the things I say about COVID and staff when I haven't done that for a couple of years is that people have changed."

The pub is shutting down Relied on regulars to order takeaways.

"It's pretty painful to sit in a restaurant and do deliveries and takeaways. Thank God, my boss gives me money to sit here for deliveries and takeaways.

Saturday showed a return to the momentum that was lacking in the center of the city.

"When it comes to pride, it's great to make sure it's back," Fletcher said. "Energy around, it's great."
Twitter: @_ScottLaurie

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