MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A shopkeeper opened up her art studio to her community prior to the pandemic, offering free ceramic parties to the PTA, scouts and seniors. Now, in her time of need, that generosity is being repaid. READ MORE: COVID Vaccine: Competitors Johnson & Johnson And Merck & Co. Teaming Up To Increase Supply "I don't want to lose it. I've worked 15 years to be here," said Catherine Camisa, owner of Mom's Ceramics. Camisa has poured her heart into clay, kilns and ceramics in her Massapequa shop. "I have 30,000 molds in the basement that I slipcast, which is a dying art," she told CBS2's Jennifer McLogan. It's all teetering on the brink of closure after being served with a huge lawsuit from her landlord, back rent and his legal fees. "It comes to $87,000, which I can't pay because I don't have any customers," Camisa said. COVID rules allow in just a few at a time instead of dozens working their crafts. "That doesn't pay the bills," Camisa said. She applied for Paycheck Protection Program funds, but she was denied because she has no employees. "We would encourage her and other businesses to reapply to the… Read full this story
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