Dozens of small businesses in Buena Park — hair and nail salons, laundromats, print shops and others — soon will get grants of up to $10,000, money that that owners and civic leaders see as lifelines while companies tread water during the coronavirus pandemic.
One of those is Watchland, a watch repair kiosk in Buena Park Mall.
“I’ve never won anything in my life,” owner Allen Garcia said.
“I was really shocked.”
Garcia’s was one of 51 chosen from more than 200 small businesses — up to 10 employees — that will get money as part of the Small Business Emergency Relief Grant Program, which was set up by the city to help local entrepreneurs pay rent and other bills until the local economy, frozen by the pandemic, begins to thaw.
First installments of up to $5,000 will be sent out this week.