It takes a community
Special to GoGuide Magazine by Jason Zeman
The Corridor Entertainment Group, we decided to close all our bars on Monday, March 16th, out of an abundance of caution for our staff and patrons. The following day Governor Reynolds mandated all bars close.
City Liquor is still operating currently as it is a convenience and liquor store, which carries essential household items, limited food, and convenience items along with alcohol. Because of its small size and limited foot traffic due to location, it can be operated safely with maximum sanitation and safety efforts in place.
There are two immediate needs: First is our staff—many of our teamwork in hospitality and foodservice business. Many have lost 100% of their income. We are working to help them with resources for unemployment or other employment in the short term, as well as GoFundMe and other donation venues. Secondly is our business. We are proactive in cutting all costs, spend nothing that is non-essential, and have enough money to keep paying our essential bills, such as rent and insurance, which are massive costs that do not change regardless of our income. We are working with our landlords to avoid issues and figure out a way we can all make it through this more robust on the other side.
Studio 13 has set up a general GoFundMe:
Our core staff gets updates from us often, and we make decisions together as to how we can best use these funds for immediate needs and those we will have when this is finally behind us.
We will be hosting virtual drag shows and posting information on ways to help our staff and performers as well on our social media. Take care and stay safe in this trying time.
Editors note – Jason Zeman is a local Iowa City businessperson and community organizer. The LGBTQ+ community is a better place due to the work of Jason’s and all of the staff that make-up Corridor Entertainment Group.