Local workers discuss importance of labor unions At first, there were concerns that local customers might not have an appetite for the Mediterranean fare served at Sanaa’s. But, the business proved to be a success. “It reinforced that if you give people a chance, they surprise you,” Abourzek said.
Almost 18 years ago, Sanaa Abourzek opened her Mediterranean-inspired restaurant at East Bank, bringing a new flavor to the city. She was one of the first businesses in the building. Recruiting efforts already underway for next year as Sioux Falls’ outdoor pools end unprecedented summer
“It was so nice to start seeing more development around me and to see more shops open next to me and all of the shops here, we like each other, we help each other so it’s almost like a family unit right here in this building,” Abourzek said. “You can’t build the character that this building has and has gained over the years,” Schuver said. “So part of the trip to Sticks and Steel is the trip to 8th and Railroad, which is the trip to the East Bank. And it’s not standard. It doesn’t come in a package.”
Download the KELOLAND News app for the latest headlines on the go. The future outlook for downtown is bright, and the business owners are excited to see what happens to the growing area in the upcoming years. “We’re really fortunate to have a very supportive culture in this community, certainly things about our culture could change, probably for the better, but in terms of a culture of support for local businesses, I think we are extremely fortunate,” Schuver said.
“During COVID-19, if it wasn’t for the community, I don’t think we would have survived,” Abourzek said. “So to have this kind of network that people are willing to do anything they can to help you stay alive, it means the world. I don’t think you can find these kinds of things in bigger cities.” The community of Sioux Falls really impacts the small businesses.
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