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BUFFALO GROVE — State Senator Adriane Johnson has seen small businesses in the community suffer like never before. To provide those businesses support and let their owners know she is there to help them through this difficult time, the Buffalo Grove Democrat toured a number of shops throughout the Northern Suburbs.

“Small businesses have faced unimaginable challenges this year, and many owners worry daily if they’ll be able to make it through the winter months,” Johnson said. “Each person I met has faced a unique set of challenges. I’m hopeful our conversations served as a reminder that people are looking out for them and want to see them succeed.”

Johnson toured Waukegan-based Kapheim Studio, People's Choice Family Fun Center, and A Cuban Experience to learn about each business and discuss the impact of the pandemic.

During the pandemic, the owners of Kapheim Studio had to completely shut its doors — but not forever. The husband and wife management duo told Johnson they have big plans for the future and hope the community will take advantage of the beautiful space they’ll soon be able to rent.

Owners of People’s Choice Family Fun Center are also are struggling during the pandemic, just like so many businesses. However, thanks to Business Interruption Grants and the Paycheck Protection Program, it was able to continue to serve its shoppers.

Most customers of A Cuban Experience spend time enjoying its cigar lounge and live music. However, due to the pandemic, its most popular attractions went to the wayside. The owners are hopeful more people will begin to feel comfortable using their lounge in the near future.

“The owners opened up about the struggles they’ve faced and what they hope the future will bring them,” Johnson said. “I encourage every person to shop and eat local when they can.”

Businesses in the 30th District are still able to apply to have Johnson visit.

To sign up for a tour, businesses can visit Once an application is received, a member of her team will reach out with additional details.

People with questions can contact Senator Johnson’s office by calling 847-623-3006 or visiting and clicking contact us.