The  Old Town Boutique District has reached the light at the end of the tunnel.

At least that’s what the cover photo of their annual 2021 Guide looks like, with business owners smiling outside the Wilkes Street Tunnel in Old Town.

The annual party was not held last year due to COVID-19, and was held at Hummingbird on the waterfront. Last year’s guide was full of the hottest items of the moment — face masks and to-go alcohol.

“It really means the light at the end of the tunnel for us,” OTBD President Megan Podolsky told ALXnow. “We just feel like we are celebrating all of these local businesses getting through the pandemic. Resiliency is our word for the year. We made it, and I was empowered every day throughout the pandemic watching our businesses pivot, and we’re here and we’re celebrating.”

Podolsky owns 529 Kids Consign, and said that she had to improve her online game and start making home deliveries.

Not every boutique made it through the pandemic, like Tsalt at 106 St. Asaph Street, but dozens of business owners were at the event to recognize the guide.

The guide can be found at any one of the 30 participating small businesses, including salons, shoe stores, gyms, clothing stores, toy and book stores.

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