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Trolls parade brightens day, helps Worthington business

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The princesses were out of a job due to the coronavirus lockdown but got to put on a parade over the weekend to prompt smiles and to make a few bucks at the same time. Two Delaware businesswomen collaborated to provide a parade of trolls and promote their businesses. (WSYX/WTTE)

The princesses were out of a job due to the coronavirus lockdown but got to put on a parade over the weekend to prompt smiles and to make a few bucks at the same time. Two Delaware businesswomen collaborated to provide a parade of trolls and promote their businesses.

Tricia Grapner knows how to throw a party. She runs a painting studio in Delaware and holds painting parties. She got together with another business, Paulette’s Princess Parties. As they follow the governor’s social distancing recommendations, neither woman has been able to throw the parties they usually do.

So they got together for a parade of characters from the movie “Trolls” on Easter.

“She is offering these parades, and my three-year-old is obsessed with Trolls,” said Grapner. “And I was like, Trolls need to come to my neighborhood and have a parade.”

So that’s exactly what happened, much to the delight of Tricia’s toddler and anyone else who wanted a socially distant dance break.

“Anytime there was a group of people they stopped and performed,” said Grapner.

Grapner said she knows how hard it is for small businesses right now.

“We all know about the big businesses, but all the small businesses that can’t work right now, we are re-forging the fire, we are trying to figure out what we can do to stay relevant,” Grapner said.

Grapner is doing the same thing herself, holding painting classes via YouTube and offering take-home painting kits.

“Art therapy is a real thing,” she said. “So in these crazy times painting gives you that little bit of a break that everyone needs.”



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