28/05/2022

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Bonita interior design business thrives during pandemic

Diane Torrisi opened an interior design studio in downtown Bonita Springs in February 2020, marking a new milestone in her life.

The country’s economy came to a screeching halt two months later — a nightmare scenario for an independent business owner like Torrisi.

“When everything started closing, I was freaking out,” Torrisi said. “Nobody knew what was happening.”

COVID-19 swept across the country, causing immediate quarantine and closures in late March. Torrisi spent a couple of hours every day at her shop on Old 41 Road to get out of the house.

“The studio saved my sanity,” she said. “It let me plan for the future.”

The pandemic forced many Bonita Springs businesses to close their doors, especially restaurants, but the Old 41 Road area came out intact, said Trish Leonard, president of the Bonita Springs Downtown Alliance.

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