Remy & Jennifer Tokunaga, owners of The Creative Space. U Street, Sacramento.
We opened in March of 2020 during the very exact weekend that COVID had hit, and we were asked to go into lockdown. Essentially, our space is a community space for local creatives, bakers, and makers to host creative classes, workshops, and pop-up markets. A lot of these new businesses that came in were born out of COVID because they were at home, they needed something to do, they lost their jobs. And they're thinking, how do I make money? I can't rely on corporations right now to hire me. Our core is helping other small businesses. Our heart aches for them as much as it is aching for ourselves.