“I want to see more people come back,” Balano said. “I want to see businesses stay a little bit open to help them out, because we’re all small businesses here. So that’s something I want to go see.” Traffic in the landmark food hall was noticeably busier than in months past. Other businesses haven’t been able to survive the pandemic. Some eateries were forced to close for good, including Cowgirl Creamery and the San Francisco Fish Company.
“Today’s been pretty busy,” said cashier Alex Balano. “I’ve done around 400, almost 500. The morning cashier did almost 600.” Local family-owned business Cheesequakes has remained open throughout the pandemic. But this weekend, sales appear to be on par with pre-pandemic numbers.
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Recchiuti Confections is one of several shops hiring. On Monday, the Ferry Building Marketplace is holding a job fair from 11 a.m – 2 p.m. “A lot of people don’t want to work they would rather be on unemployment and do their own thing,” said Lily Horton, Retail Lead with Recchiuti Confections. “And you know it’s always been hard to get service labor in the city.”
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