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Plenty of small businesses have been struggling through the pandemic’s restrictions. Thousands, perhaps millions, of shops and stores are having to shutter because of the lack of foot traffic and retail sales. But a supremely unique store is getting close to shutting down: SlimPickins Outfitters in Stephenville, TX, the first Black-owned outdoor shop in the country. We profiled its owner and operator, Jahmicah Dawes, in an earlier Neighborhood Heroes story in October. And even with the surge in outdoor sales across the industry, Dawes’ small gear shop is in danger of going bankrupt. It’s tough for them to compete with the big chains and massive online retailers that have huge reach and big advertising budgets.

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