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