A Journey Across America In Pictures
On Sunday, May 17 we set out from Corralitos, California to hear the story of American small business in the age of unprecedented state shutdowns. Two months in, who was surviving and how?
America, USA — On Sunday, May 17 we set out from Corralitos, California to hear the story of American small business in the age of unprecedented state shutdowns. Two months in, who was surviving and how? As we publish their stories, we’ll continuously publish some of our favorite photographs right here.
Pt. 1: Inside The Defiant Mining Town Bar That Won’t Shut Down And Die
Pt. 2: ‘We Had To Lay Off Our Son’: American Businesses Are Doing Everything It Takes To Survive
Pt. 3: The Deeply American Reason The Oldest Saloon West Of The Mississippi Won’t Have To Shut Down Forever
Going over routes and testing the camera remote in Corralitos. Over the next two weeks we’ll be taking this ’94 Range Rover 3,500 miles. Photo by Martin Avila.
Zelda’s, in Santa Cruz, California was a popular dining and drinks place known for its lobster specials and free blueberry muffins. Its large patio overlooking Capitola State Beach and surfers plying the waves of the Pacific. It’s been closed down by the governor for 10 weeks and counting. Photo by Martin Avila.
A Reno, Nevada casino, usually open for blackjack and slots, offers loans to empty streets. While restaurants have begun to open, Reno is quiet. Photo by Martin Avila.
The Nevada desert, where one road can take you through rain storms and cold wind to salt storms and beating sun. Photo by Martin Avila.
Sonny owns a bar in a tiny mining town in the Nevada deserts. He used his spare time in the closure to build this bar, but with no end in sight decided to reopen against the governor’s order but with the quiet nod of locals and law enforcement. His identity and location have been shrouded to protect him from repercussions. Photo by Martin Avila.
The pool tables in Sonny’s bar are popular with the miners, contractors and their families who frequent the roadside bar — one of two in the town of just over 2,000. Photo by Martin Avila.
Sonny talks about his family businesses and their independence while Chris enjoys the buffalo wings. Photo by Martin Avila.
Salt Lake City’s Raymond Zaelit shows off the new business line they’ve had to come up with to keep their fine dining supply business alive during the shutdown: Restaurant quality meat and seafood, packaged and delivered to your door. Photo by Martin Avila.
After 67 years, Raymond and his wife led third-generation family business into a massive expansion. Three years later, coronavirus would leave increased walk-in space at a fraction of its capacity. Photo by Martin Avila.
On a tour of the C.R. England trucking headquarters, TJ England takes us into June’s Table, a hot-food cafeteria named from his grandmother. Photo by Martin Avila.
Trucks in a lot outside the Salt Lake City headquarters of C.R. England. Photo by Martin Avila.
Motorcycles and luxury SUVs alike park outside of Huntsville, Nevada’s Shooting Star Saloon. Photo by Martin Avila.
A moose and an estimated $14,000 in dollar bills adorn the ceilings of what may be the oldest continuously functioning bar west of the Mississippi. Photo by Martin Avila.
The bacon cheeseburgers are a favorite of fur trappers and trust-funders alike. Photo by Martin Avila.
Writing with a Coors in the corner. Photo by Martin Avila.
The tiny bar is closed for social distancing. Photo by Martin Avila
Photo A shutdown Reno, Nevada casino offering loans in place of games. Martin Avila.