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Rebel Lounge owner Stephen Chilton with Reap & Sow Owners Luke Bentley & Lance Linderman | Photo by Charles Barth    The leisure and hospitality industries were some of the hardest hit by COVID-19, with employment in these sectors falling from 39 percent to 15 percent in the first few months of the pandemic. In an effort to keep team members employed and sustain their companies, many local business owners found ways to lean on...

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The Rebel Lounge reopened its doors this past weekend, unveiling a collaboration with Reap and Sow Coffee. But they haven’t just installed an espresso machine and called it a day, they’ve been very thoughtful about adapting the space. It boasts a welcoming atmosphere with plenty of open space and different seating areas and it has a brighter feel thanks to the new skylights and trendy décor. Reap and Sow is brought to you by the...

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According to NPR, 90 percent of independent music venues will close permanently by the end of 2020. It’s a somber statistic for people like Steve Chilton, who owns The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix. “We closed on March 15 and haven’t really made a dollar in revenue since then,” he says. “It’s going to be months and months before we reopen. It might be until next summer.” The building that houses The Rebel Lounge has a...

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