Businesses all across the SouthCoast and the Commonwealth got a boost of encouragement Monday after Governor Baker announced that barbershops and hair salons could open with new regulations next week, while retail could begin curbside sales. The SouthCoast is slowly beginning the process of reopening for business.

As our lives and commerce inch back to a return to normal, each morning on The Rock and Fox Show, we'll spotlight a SouthCoast business leader who is fighting to continue to grow even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, we spoke with Richie Medeiros, the owner of both Dicky's Clam Shacks, about the quick-service restaurant business and the effects that COVID-19 has had on it.

Medeiros said that one advantage he's had is that the type of restaurant he is allows for servers to hand the food to customers from inside to outside. In other words, the customers never enter his building, allowing him to sidestep a whole host of logistical issues.

While Medeiros was extremely grateful that he was able to continue to conduct business during the shutdown, he acknowledges that the economy can only fully bounce back when all the state's businesses are allowed to re-open and people can get back to work.

"As a small business owner, I'm always sensitive to other people," he said. "Right now I'm blessed, but I can't run my business without looking around and driving by these empty strip malls with businesses that are completely shut down and not have my heart (break) for these people."

You can find Dicky's Clam Shack on Route 6 by the Dartmouth/Westport line and in Rehoboth between Seekonk and Swansea on Route 6.

If you would like to promote how your business is handling the pandemic, please email Michael Rock at for more information or fill out this form.

Update: Michael Rock and Maddie reached out to Medeiros on Tuesday, June 30 to check in with the business. Here is what he had to say:

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