COVID-19 hits female-owned retail, restaurants harder

When the coronavirus pandemic hit in March, Lenore Estrada was in the middle of constructing a new kitchen for her bakery, buoyed by demand from Google and Lyft, which served her desserts in their cafeterias.

But when she learned her clients were shuttering their offices – and cutting their food orders – she quickly made the painful decision to lay off most of her staff.

Estrada says she worked many all-nighters to keep her Three Babes Bakeshop afloat, even as she prepared to have her second child in October.

Now with a newborn and a 2-year-old, she’s juggling parenting and keeping her business alive.

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