Dresses remained hung, suits went un-buttoned and aisles clear of flower petals.
“Something blue” took on a new meaning when COVID-19 swept Manitoba.
As couples across the province cancelled or rescheduled their weddings — sometimes several times — due to the pandemic, the people behind the scenes also went without an income.
Small businesses across the province saw a glimmer of hope when the Manitoba Bridge Grant was announced by the province Nov. 16 — $5,000 promised before the end of the year, and perhaps again in the new year.
Read more: Manitoba business grant program open for applications: Pallister
Lauren Wiebe, owner of Stone House Creative, said she was thrilled by the news of some financial relief.
“This year what I took home was $15,000, which is horrendous, especially because I work full time and have been working with my clients for two years already,” said Wiebe.
Once in the application process, Wiebe realized it was a different story.
“It was hung up on this, ‘you must have a physical retail space that was closed to customers,’” she said.
A confused Wiebe said she and many others in the industry are speaking up in a Manitoba wedding vendor Facebook group, realizing all the eligibility criteria they do meet isn’t enough.
Weibe said she sells a product and a service, collects and pays PST and GST, yet still doesn’t qualify because of some brick and mortar.…