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An end to the pandemic hangover? Local businesses brace for what’s next, try to put ‘smiles back on faces’

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Finally, we arrive at June 15 — a day where life should begin, we hope, to return to normal.

Following a year where the only certainty business owners had was constant uncertainty, Tuesday will provide a potential respite to the residual anxieties of 2020 and the pandemic’s early 2021 wrath.

But between staffing shortages, Cal/OSHA mask mandates and lingering fire concerns amid a historic drought, there are still a few hurdles to clear before businesses can breathe easy at the finish line.

“We didn’t get much of a crop last year,” Sante Arcangeli Family Wines owner John Benedetti said. “I can’t do that two years in a row. If we get fires [again] we’re screwed.”

John Benedetti of Sante Arcangeli Family Wines is making the most of a bad year.

Benedetti was among several local vintners who suffered a smoke-ruined yield of grapes last year due to the…

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