Since the beginning of the pandemic I have tried to follow our local government's guidelines and do what's right for our community. I chose not to open in the hopes that this virus would slow down by June, but unfortunately that did not happen. I have taken out personal loans, business loans and made business changes that I felt would help Pearl thrive in the long run. My landlords are helping as much as they can, but they have rental income that they depend on. I believe it will take months to get back to even half of what Pearl once was, and that is going to make things harder for us in the future.
Selling shirts and food to go is not going to help us stay afloat for too long. Our customer base is spread out over fifty miles and people aren't driving to Pearl just to get food. Many people have supported us and we are grateful for each of you, but we will not survive on just doing food.
Our bills are running about $12,000 a month with:
Rent (my landlord discounted for three months)
I don't like asking for help, but Pearl is my life. This is the last thing I wanted to do because I'm a prideful person (pun intended) but I want to make sure there is a lesbian bar open in Houston after we survive this pandemic. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
- Morgan Almy
- Amanda Barnett-Guidry
- Simone Simone
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