Orange Coast shares stories of how people in our county connected and coped in the early days of COVID-19: tales from the helpers and heroes, tips for surviving stay-at-home orders, shifts local businesses made to adapt, advice going forward, and a community displaying hope and resolve. You’ll find plenty of reasons to be proud of where we live and how we’re rising together.
Mindy Ferrantelli, co-owner of Union Ryde, an indoor cycling studio at The District in Tustin
“(After we closed the studio), one of my girlfriends said, ‘Hey, can I come in and ride by myself? I said, ‘No, but I could bring a bike to you and rent it out to you?’ And then I said, ‘Do you think anybody would want to do that?’ So, I put a poll on Instagram and everyone was like, “Oh my god, that’s great!” The number of messages I got (from people wanting bikes delivered) was overwhelming. I still have messages that I haven’t been able to answer. I sold out within the first 24 hours. I currently have 60 bikes rented out, and I have three left because I need them to film (live online and Instagram classes). My whole fitness journey has never been to get skinny but to stay sane. I’m a high-stress person all the time and for me, working out is the only way I can semi-control it. I think it’s important for people to keep that going because it just keeps you sane. It’s not about the look, but about the mental rewards. Sometimes I get stuck in my ways and I don’t like trying new things. But through this I’ve learned that every time I’m open-minded about change, goodness just floods in. It’s just a reminder to go with change and be open to it. Not only are we going to be able to make rent now, I literally think I just created a new business for us.”
Read more from this issue at orangecoast.com/together.