Governor Prtizker visits small businesses in Staunton
By ERIN SANSON
Coal Country Times Reporter
Governor J.B. Pritzker was in Staunton on Wednesday June 30, to shoot a commercial and talk to local business owners and residents. Pritzker and his crew shot the commercial at the Blackbird Bakery and Cafe, which is described as an ‘artisan cafe and bakery’ established by Harry and Emily Paul, and located on East Main Street.
Ashli Pernicka, who is currently both a baker and helping to run the front of house, answered some questions over her break regarding the Governors visit. When asked if the staff at Blackbird Bakery knew about the Governor’s visit beforehand she replied, “just a few days in advance we got some phone calls about it, asking if we were willing to have him come down and film a commercial here, about small businesses and his response to the pandemic, and just Emily and Harry’s story over the past year, so we did know about it.” Pernicka added, “we had some people we had told about it, close family and friends… but nobody really knew about it.”
Harry Paul, who co-owns the bakery with his wife, Emily and is a baker, took some time to answer questions about the visit as well. When asked how he felt the visit went, Paul replied, “it went well, it was fun, he was a nice guy and he was here for a couple hours.”
Gov. Pritzker sat down with the Paul’s to ask some questions about their life, family, and business. Paul says, “He just asked us about our business and how we did with the pandemic, and how we’re doing now. He was very complimentary and was looking around, checking out our place, and Staunton. I know he walked down the street a little bit too.”
The day was busier than usual according to Paul, the presence of the Governor not necessarily bringing anybody to the restaurant, but the governor’s entourage, helped to fill the tables. Paul said, about the day of the visit, “it was a busy day. [It was] Our normal business but then on top of that him, his security detail, the film and camera crew. So that was like 10 to 15 people on top of our just regular business, so it was busy. It was a full dining room in here.”
For the complete story, see the July 8 edition of the Coal Country Times.
via Enquirer Democrat
July 7, 2021 at 05:19PM