It was roughly one year ago, on the eve of a giant technology conference that usually brings more than 100,000 visitors to Barcelona, that business conventions began to feel the squeeze from the coronavirus. Now, organizers wonder if the meetings will ever return.

The remote-work industry suffered a significant blow during the pandemic. At least 226 co-working locations closed permanently in 2020, according to Upsuite, a co-work matching service. But the industry sees a market in workers exhausted by work-from-home life.

  • Gregory Scruggs
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A growing genre was flourishing just as white-collar workers went into quarantine. Authors consider how — or if — Zoom will fit into fiction.

  • Stuart Miller
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A Colorado restaurateur and his community relied on each other through last year's tragic upheavals. What emerged was a gutsy reinvention — that's not yet finished.

  • Jennifer Oldham
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Despite being forced to close for six-weeks early in the pandemic, retail sales at Airstream dealerships jumped 22 percent in 2020 and demand is still on the rise.

  • Eilene Zimmerman
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A normally noisy time has gone quiet and weird. There are major consumer and industry implications.

Many workers will not be able to do the same jobs they did before the pandemic. The economy is changing significantly. Businesses are planning for a future of less business travel, more automation and more people working from home.

  • Analysis

When the pandemic forced us into our homes to spend extended periods in contact only with a small circle of family members, it was one of the fastest, largest shifts of human behavior in memory. We're just starting to understand the fallout.

How do you make an audience feel close to the action when you aren’t particularly close to it yourself?

  • Robert O'Connell
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Some Black dance companies have been underfunded for so long that they may never recover from the pandemic, said Denise Saunders Thompson, president of the International Association of Blacks in Dance. “It’s very, very tough for our organizations,” she said.

  • Nikesha Elise Williams
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While some couples are postponing their wedding plans, others are downsizing to backyard vows and online ceremonies.

A nimble group of bartenders has banded together to take care of Los Angeles’s undocumented back-of-the-house staff.

  • Jean Trinh
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Americans are ditching religious services and finding spritual uplift and meaning in things like cooking, politics and exercise classes. And some balk when traditional religion is mixed in.

Attorneys general and consumers say surcharges between $5 and $1,200 are being charged to cover PPE and cleaning at dentist offices, restaurants and senior living facilities.

New four-episode series documents the work created by more than 40 dancers while they quarantined together last year.

  • Celia Wren
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A store credit card isn’t enough anymore. Retailers are turning to new payment options to entice online shoppers.

Dollar General, Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Lidl, as well as Instacart, are offering bonuses of up to $200, flexible work schedules and paid time off to visit a vaccination site.

Makers and purveyors of food and beverages pair online virtual tastings with real bites and sips.

  • Perspective

Buying secondhand or from companies that are promoting clothing recycling and other environmentally friendly policies can help reduce your carbon footprint.

Fitness apps are relying on the tried-and-true subscription model to encourage people to keep their New Year's Resolutions — or at least to keep paying.

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