Some independent retailers pay heavier price than others in COVID-19 era

SIGN OF THE TIMES: Asher Schofield, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC in Providence, has kept the retailer’s two locations closed to foot traffic during the pandemic, but Frog & Toad has been able to offset that loss of business with online sales and curbside pickup.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Asher Schofield, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC in Providence, has kept the retailer’s two locations closed to foot traffic during the pandemic, but Frog & Toad has been able to offset that loss of business with online sales and curbside pickup. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA
Two hundred feet – about a 60-second walk – separates LuLi Boutique LLC from Frog & Toad LLC in Providence. But the pandemic experiences of the two Hope Street retailers are worlds apart. Frog & Toad made a splash early on, debuting T-shirts, glassware and other gift items bearing Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s iconic admonishment…

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