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Despite challenges due to COVID-19, Suffolk business owner prepares for 2-year anniversary on Valentine's Day

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Feb 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-11 22:13:35-05

SUFFOLK, Va. — One Suffolk woman didn’t plan for a national pandemic to occur when she and her family thought of opening a business back in 2017, but she took a leap of faith and is now preparing for her two-year anniversary Monday, serving sweet treats to thank the community who supported her along the way.

Gwendolyn Freeman is the owner of The Pink Box. She opened her doors in 2020, working alongside her family, but had to scale back due to the pandemic because of supply chain issues and inflation. She even had to reduce her store hours because of mandates.

But with the community by her side, she said she has reclaimed a little piece of normalcy.

"Not just our customers, but local businesses. For our anniversary this year, we have several businesses who have donated their door prizes that we're going to give away. We're really excited about it, and we're just overwhelmed with gratefulness," Freeman said.

On their anniversary Monday, which is also Valentine's Day, The Pink Box will be having special giveaways, door prizes and free treats from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony, and Suffolk Vice Mayor Leroy Bennett will be on hand for the event.

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