Tag: anxiety

Anxiety Marketplace turns stress shopping into a way to help others

When Jolie DeFeis is anxious, she likes to indulge in some retail therapy. And she was definitely feeling anxious.

It was March and the Brooklyn resident, 27, had just lost her job in product operations at the fitness app Classpass when the COVID-19 pandemic started shutting down businesses. A company whose business model hinges on people frequenting dozens of different gyms and boutique studios each month was among the first to close — and will likely be among the last to return.

Courtesy Jolie De Feis
Courtesy Jolie De Feis

With the stay-at-home order in full effect by the end of March, DeFeis went

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With masks, temperature checks and anxiety, California’s retail economy gingerly reopens

Bryson Finger serves coffee to Jeric Gambon, 24, as he enjoys breakfast at Busy Bee Cafe on Main Street in downtown Ventura Thursday. <span class="copyright">(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Bryson Finger serves coffee to Jeric Gambon, 24, as he enjoys breakfast at Busy Bee Cafe on Main Street in downtown Ventura Thursday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Linda Sims tucked into a booth across from her husband Anson Saturday in the back of the Busy Bee Café in downtown Ventura.

Her first decision took some judgment: entering a restaurant for the first time since the coronavirus stay-at-home order was imposed. The second decision was easier: getting the pancakes.

“We come here every Fourth of July,” she said of the 1950s-style diner. “And this is where we always have

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