Melissa Winton, owner of the Crafted wood craft studio, announced the closing of her business Dec. 1 after four and a half years of offering hobby classes to the Frisco community. She wrote in a Facebook post that her “once thriving business [was] decimated by a relentless virus and broken economy."

Winton used to offer craft and painting workshops, particularly for birthday parties and team building activities for larger groups and companies.

Prior to the pandemic, Winton said, business was going well.

“We were doing great leading up to this year, having just had our highest grossing year in 2019 and very optimistic for 2020,” Winton wrote in a Facebook message. “[However] once the shutdown occurred in mid-March, I had lost 75% of my business, and since I was not an ‘essential’ business, I was forced to close for the entirety of the shutdown.”

Winton said she tried changing her business model to include take-home kits and virtual workshops, but to no avail: 80% of her business relied on group activities, such as birthday parties and corporate team-building events. Due to social distancing and financial woes, those were not being scheduled anymore.

She also tried to sell her business, but due to “minimal earnings for 2020,” no one wanted to take the risk, she said.

Crafted received grant money from Collin County—which Winton said helped a bit—but it came too late to save her business.

“After nearly 8 months of nearly no earnings, I had no choice but to close,” Winton wrote.

Crafted officially closed Dec. 1 at 8700 Main St., Ste. 120, Frisco.