Hesperia’s Hi-Desert Bikes to close in August, sending owner into retirement earlier than expected

Brahm Buck

Hi-Desert Bikes — a business fixture in Hesperia for over 30 years — will be closing its doors in August, and for George Puleikis, the shop’s owner, retirement has come earlier than expected.

Puleikis and his family have run the store since the year after they settled in Hesperia in 1990.

Puleikis said the strain on inventory caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — combined with the rise of easy online shopping over the last several years — were the major deciding factors in his decision to shutter Hi-Desert Bikes’ doors.

“There’s no product, the manufacturers are just out of everything

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Downtown Holland seeks diversity expert

Brahm Buck

HOLLAND — Downtown Holland is hiring a diversity, equity and inclusion consultant. 

The diversity consultant would advise the Downtown Holland organization on its efforts to include and engage minorities in the downtown shopping district. 

The consultant would be tasked with gathering data about “underrepresented communities” attitudes about downtown, establishing goals for Downtown Holland and benchmarking measures to reach those goals, providing expert knowledge and data on diversity to the Principal Shopping District and local businesses and provide training opportunities on implicit bias, cultural intelligence and other diversity issues. 

The consultant would also work on ways to increase minority business ownership

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The Supply Side: Social commerce gaining traction among retailers

Brahm Buck

Social commerce, or live streaming shopping events on social media platforms, is gaining traction in U.S. retail.

Facebook is expanding its “Live Shopping” with a new promotion slated for Fridays this summer. The events began May 21 and will occur through July 16, and brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Clinique and Sephora have signed on.

“We are laser-focused on staying close to our customers at Abercrombie, so having the ability to connect with them in a new and innovative way via Facebook Live Shopping is incredible,” Carey Collins Krug, senior vice president and head of marketing at Abercrombie &

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Retail changes in North Main Street in Columbia, SC

Brahm Buck

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The rendering shows what the former Freeze Automotive building at 2200 Sumter St. in Columbia, SC will look like. The Cottontown development is available for lease for retailers or a restaurant, according to developer Karen Yip.

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the retail scene in the North Main Street District of Columbia has changed.

With half of U.S. adults vaccinated against the coronavirus, Gov. Henry McMaster ending South Carolina’s state of emergency and nearly all mask mandates lifted, more people are getting back to normal life.

Through the pandemic, most North Main Street businesses held on

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