Northwest Arkansas firms review post-pandemic scene

Vickie Brannon, co-owner of Fashion Cleaners, presses a dress Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, for a customer at the business on College Avenue in Fayetteville. The Brannons have owned the business for more than 30 years. Fashion Cleaners is one of many businesses that cater to office workers that survived the covid pandemic. While business and employment in the region has recovered overall, some have recovered more than others. Visit for today's photo gallery. (NWA Democrat-Gazette/Andy Shupe)

Northwest Arkansas businesses and employment have recovered from the covid pandemic, federal government statistics show.

But in order to recover, they first had to survive, according to business owners interviewed.