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When COVID hit in March of 2021, businesses were hit particularly hard. Local businesses like Buddy'z have worked hard to attract business in the year since the shutdown.

Yes, we’re open

Joe Hissem, Staff Writer May 12, 2021

The global pandemic’s year-long reign has managed to seep its way into the family-owned businesses of the city of McHenry, many of which closed after during the virus's spread and non-essential businesses...

Right now, Illinois restaurants and bars are supposed to be closed to indoor dining. Though this helps stop the spread of COVID-19, it unfairly punishes the small business who should not have to bear the brunt of the pandemic.

Opinion: Don’t punish local businesses

Ciara Duncan, Features Editor January 12, 2021

Humans have witnessed countless horrible, traumatic events — events that have left them seeking out any form of solidarity they can find, begging on their knees for better days, and wondering how they'd...

Despite the complaints and protests from residents, McHenry still has plans to demolish a

Gas station fuels uproar in ‘historic’ downtown district

Kaitlyn Wenzel, Staff Reporter December 17, 2020

The city of McHenry plans to remove the vacated bank downtown on the corner of Green Street, Route 120, and Route 31 and build a gas station in its place. This plan has angered many residents of McHenry...

Christmas is a time for holiday joy and giving. Though with changing times and attitudes, have corporations taken over the spirit of Christmas?

Opinion: Christmas for business?

Jared Bysiek, Features Editor December 20, 2019

The Christmas season is a time for friends, family, and appreciation. It’s also a time for the stress of feeling pressured to buy presents for loved ones. As the holiday approaches, many people may feel...

Business booming: Snapology store one of many new options in downtown McHenry

Business booming: Snapology store one of many new options in downtown McHenry

May 1, 2019

In McHenry, many new businesses have opened up on Green Street. From restaurants to a do-it-yourself dog-wash, there are now numerous new services that are available. One of the new businesses in the area...

West Campus student, Gianna Matassa orders coffee during 2nd hour.

West Campus coffeeshop creates buzz

Anthony True , Staff Writer - West Campus February 7, 2019

Last semester, MCHS partnered with the Hidden Pearl Coffeeshop to bring their caffeinated beverages to West Campus. The coffee shop, aptly named The Hidden Pearl West, started serving coffee to sleepy...

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