Kristen Deptula, center, with her husband and two children, says that paying a $15 per hour wage has helped them grow their Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, business.
When Kristen Deptula and her husband bought the Canalside Inn in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in October 2019, they had no idea the coming summer season at the shore town would mostly be a bust due to Covid-19.
The innkeepers were able to access federal funding through the Paycheck Protection Program to help keep them going.
Deptula also credits another decision — paying their staff a $15 per hour minimum wage — with helping the business transition through the pandemic.
That wage is well above the $9.25 per hour…