Ask just about any owner of a local business and they'll be sure to tell you about the risk of simply staying in business during the pandemic.  The ever-changing mandates, rules, laws and uncertainty have left business owners with a very difficult call; do I stay open or shut it down?  There has, however, been a beacon of light throughout this pandemic and it also involves a call.  But this one isn't made by the business, it's made to the business.  An area mom-and-pop style eatery in Granville got that call today and with it came a huge sigh of relief.

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Dave Portnoy, the founder of Barstool Sports and subsequently the Barstool Fund has raised nearly $36 million dollars to help small businesses throughout the country.  Portnoy has been calling the mom-and-pop businesses himself and giving them the incredible news that their business is safe.  These calls have been some of the very best content on any platform throughout this pandemic.

Once again, Portnoy came to the rescue of a Capital Region business.  On Thursday he FaceTimed with Tommy Fest, the operator of Edwards Market in Granville.  An emotional Festa couldn't have been more humbled and appreciative as Portnoy gave him the good news that Edwards Market was selected to get help from the Barstool Fund which will funnel them a monthly stipend to keep them in business during the pandemic.

Check out the call here (adult language warning)

Edwards Market is located on Main St. in downtown Granville NY.

If you are a small business owner in need of help due to the impacts of COVID, you can submit your application at:

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