From a Zero-Waste Store in NYC to a Japanese Burger Shop in Vegas: The Top Small Businesses We Spotlighted in 2021

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The coronavirus pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to many small businesses across the country. By some estimates, over 35% of U.S. small businesses have closed from January 2020 through June of this year, the Austin American-Statesman reported. And while it’s always challenging to run a small business, those that have remained open this year are truly remarkable.

To celebrate and recognize small businesses, GOBankingRates asked our readers to nominate their favorite restaurants, cafes, fitness studios, retail shops and more, and the nominations came in droves — over 1,000 businesses were nominated across all 50 states.

Here’s a look back at some of the top nominated small businesses featured in GOBankingRates’ Small Business Spotlight.

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Gabrielle joined GOBankingRates in 2017 and brings with her a decade of experience in the journalism industry. Before joining the team, she was a staff writer-reporter for People Magazine and Her work has also appeared on E! Online, Us Weekly, Patch, Sweety High and Discover Los Angeles, and she has been featured on “Good Morning America” as a celebrity news expert. 
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