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August Fish Insights

Maskne. Micro-weddings. Prohibition gyms. The pandemic has given rise to words and phrases that make us all go, “Huh?” But here we are. In this month’s edition of Fish Insights, we share more on these buzzwords and more, like how Target is living its best life, some gyms are going rogue, and how I probably need to finally learn how to do eye makeup.

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  • Winter is coming and restaurants in cold climates are eager for government officials to figure out a plan for indoor dining. (Fox Business)
  • Black restaurant owners shared how customers can really support them — and, no, it’s not just an occasional visit. (HuffPost)
  • Data has shown many COVID-19 outbreaks this summer have been tied to restaurants and bars, particularly indoor dining. (The New York Times)

Travel & Hospitality

  • Hotels are making a plea to Congress for aid as 1 in 4 is at risk of foreclosure. (CNN Business)
  • The pandemic has created a micro-wedding business boom for hotels. (The Washington Post)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “quietly dropped” its mandatory 14-day quarantine after traveling overseas or to hot spots. (TravelPulse)

Fitness, Health, & Wellness

  • COVID-19 has taken a toll on gym memberships worldwide, with nearly 71% of Americans ditching their memberships. (Yahoo! Sports)
  • Fitness center closures have led to a rise in speakeasy-style gyms. And they’re not just illegal — they could be dangerous. (NPR)
  • In a recent survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 62.9 percent of 18- to 24-year-olds reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, or both. (The New York Times)

Home Services

  • All those recent home renovations are driving record sales growth for companies like Home Depot and Lowes (Business Insider)


  • Great news for the Wawa fans out there: your fave convenience store is piloting a dinner menu and delivery. (Retail Leader)
  • Amazon is in talks with Simon Property Group to turn shuttered Sears and J.C. Penney stores into warehouses as the company looks to speed up deliveries. (CNBC)
  • Thanks to the pandemic, the gap is widening between retail giants like Target and small businesses. (CNBC)


  • Makeup in the age of masks: it’s all about eye makeup and fake eyelashes as people try to figure out how to express themselves with half their face covered. (Vox)
  • Welcome to the age of “maskne marketing” where beauty brands pivot to help combat acne caused by wearing masks. (Glossy)
  • The pandemic is changing women’s hairstyles — and low maintenance is in. (Washingtonian)