The Covid-19 pandemic did not only caused hardship for people; it forced people to embrace their passions and make money out of them.
Joy Cowley-Smith and Sarah Lowe are both residents of Enfield who organize events to bring local businesses together and also support local charities.
The latest of such event was at The Wonder, Batley Road in Enfield on Sunday, 15 August.
Sarah Lowe said, “Everything needs to get out there. Because of Covid, it has been hard work. Many people lost their jobs, so; they started small businesses. They need to be recognized.
Joy Cowley-Smith said, “Every other event we put up is for a local charity. So we have done a family-based solution. This is for Mcmillan, and we are doing a Christmas event. All through the year, we are going to partner raising the profile of Charities in Enfield.
Alison Ostacchini, the General Manager of The Wonder, said, “We basically provide the venue after Joy and Sarah hosted it. We are just the venue, we are a community pub, and we like to do things to bring the community together.”
“The Pub does two to three events a year. Obviously, because of the pandemic, we stopped.”
Felicia Cowley-Smith started her business in November 2020. As covid-19 ravaged people’s lives, Felicia began a hand ” Basically; I was confined because of Covid, then I started this hand painting business. Ever since then, it has been doing quite well.
“It was full time, but I went back to work, so now, it is part-time. I don’t make online sales as much as I used to because everybody has gone back to work.”
Hashtag You was open about four and a half years ago. It is owned by Shereen Ahmed, a lover of gemstones.
Shereen said, “I have always love precious stones. “I started my business after I had her kids and wanted to do something I love.
“Covid has made me reconsider online space.”
Joy and Sarah aren’t just residents of Enfield, they are organizers and their mission is to promote local businesses, charities and Enfield.