Following Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt’s declaration that personal touch businesses in the state could re-open April 24th, and Poteau mayor Scotty White’s April 22, 2020, COVID-19 Update, Poteau area residents were able to return to their barber and beauty shops and tanning and nail salons yesterday.
Sandy Moore, owner of Off the Top, said, “I am so happy to be back at work and see all my people. I’m taking appointments but be patient. I can have only one client inside at a time, so it takes a little longer between clients. Thank you to everyone who has called or messaged me the past few weeks to check on me.”
Moore sent the photos below of some of her Friday morning clients. Pictured in the chair wearing his mask is David Akins; Jimmy Lee Graves waiting in his truck; and Chad and Scoute Duschel standing.
Jamaica Me Dark owner Amber Reece was busy with customers an hour before they opened. “We are very grateful for our community’s support of our business and their patience in getting in the salon one at a time. Our customers were all gracious and kind with kind words and smiles! We had our best day to date for 2020 and are thankful for our clients and our community.” Reece said they were having customers wait in their vehicles and going out to get them one at a time when they have the beds ready for the next client. This prevents “customer-to-customer interaction and allows very little face-to-face client to employee interaction.” In addition, she also stated, “Our cleaning standards have always been above CDC recommendations, so that helps ensure our clients are safer than required.”
Britney Dunn, owner of Beauty~Licious, was glad to be back at work and see her co-workers. “We aren’t just co-workers, we are friends. We missed each other and we missed our clients. It has been tough financially, but it has also taken a toll on all of us mentally. Getting a hair cut or getting a color makes people feel better. Some of our clients come in regularly, once a month or so. They need us as much as we need them.” Beauty~Licious is large enough to allow space between stylists, so they can follow social distancing guidelines while providing various services to their clients. Dunn shared some photos of yesterday’s clients and of her masked crew with their cleaning/disinfecting supplies as well as the signs they have posted on the front door reminding clients to wait in their vehicles.