The couple opened their vision-care service 20 years ago when there were few black-owned healthcare businesses. They then made sure to hire their employees from the surrounding community.
Soon after they started taking part in educational workshops at local events, encouraging Black customers to pay better attention to their eyes and their health.
The pair opened their second location at Comcast Center in 2009, but when the outbreak started, both locations were forced to close.
The Cheltenham location has since reopened for limited business to adhere to social distancing guidelines. The Davises have also had to get all the necessary protective equipment, an expense that has only added to the businesses growing deficit.
But despite it all, they have no intention of giving up.
“We’re probably seeing about 50 percent fewer folks than we would normally see,” said Steve Davis. “That’s been a major loss of money for us, but we’re committed. We’re surviving the best way that we can.”
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