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Salons back in business


Airra Saunders

Stylists at Haven Hair Design and Spa ready to return to work. PIctured (l-r) Lindsey Anthony, Jessica Svacina and Amanda Berg.

After the COVID-19 pandemic forced many small businesses and employers to shut down their establishments, communities are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel.

Salons are among one of the major business-types able to reopen this week. "Everybody working here is happy we get to see clients again and to continue doing what we love," said Desiree Chandler, owner of Haven Hair Design and Spa.

Like all businesses, salons must have a plan of preparedness, and all employees need to be aware of the plan. Chandler said there will be no regular check-ins or waiting area, instead, all clients will wait in their car until the stylist is ready for them. There is a sanitize station where clients are able to grab a mask (if they do not have one) and use hand sanitizer. There will also be no walk-ins; all services will be by appointment only.

"This will cause a lot of down time for us," said stylist Lindsey Anthony. "Usually we are busy answering phones while working with clients, and now we will just have to let the phone ring until we finish with our client." The beauty and massage specialists will check phone messages at regular intervals. "I like to think of it as all of our clients getting the VIP treatment," suggests Chandler.

Clients, stylists and spa techs will also have to handle all payments and future scheduling while they are at their designated station, along with making sure they are sanitizing and cleaning all equipment and inside areas, which is nothing new for the business, as they are used to these typical health standards.

When asked if there are any concerns about regulating business during this time of change, stylist Lindsey Anthony informs she is not worried about business; "In fact," she states, "I am already booked up until June 21."

Other salons in town, like Beautique Salon & Spa and Raven and Ruby's, have similar guidelines and have even taken the steps to post this information right outside of the business. It's important to call ahead, schedule appointments and remember there are still mild restrictions. And though the salons may experience a high volume of calls, they are all working hard to accommodate their clients as best they can.


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