A group of entrepreneurs banded together to open Fog City Community Fitness during the pandemic in San Francisco. (Courtesy Fog…

Three days before opening day at Trade Routes, a new neighborhood bar on Polk Street, there was nowhere for new customers to sit. Thanks to the pandemic, the barstools were severely back-ordered.

This was a lifelong dream for Jay Ryoo and Chen-Chen Huo, two college friends. Now, 72 hours before doors opened, they had to scramble to find replacements from an online distributor. They recruited family and friends to help unpack and assemble the new stools once they arrived.

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