IRON STATION, N.C. — When you walk into Good Karma Ranch, you may be greeted by Brooke, or one of her friends. But to the owners, these aren’t just tourist attractions, they’re what’s kept the family business alive.
The pens at the ranch are full of different personalities, but Shelly Walsh and her husband, Mike, know them all by name. The business has been open for about three years for people to come and tour and to visit the alpacas.
But like everyone else in 2020, they had to shut down the farm for a few months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“With like all small businesses, it’s very challenging to just close down their revenue stream,” Shelly said. “How do we get our name out there? How do we interest people?”
The couple revamped their website so they could start selling merchandise online, but they were also planning for the day they could re-open the gates.
Throughout this pandemic, people have been…