PARAGOIULD, Ark- As boutiques and shops around northeast arkansas have started to re-open their doors, owner of 22 Lou Boutique in Paragould, Elisa Owen says she was met by positive reaction when she decided to re-open.
She says they are also taking the proper percautions to keep customers safe as they return.
“At some point as a business owner as long as you are doing what you are supposed to and following the guidelines…I felt like it was okay,” says Owen. “I was very nervous at first because I didn’t know how it was going to go but it’s been good, we’ve had good responses. Like I said people say they feel comfortable here and that makes me happy.”
Owen says her biggest concern was making sure customers felt comfortable and safe to come shop as she re-opened her clothing store on May 4th, she was also of the first in the area to re-open.
While never being required to close the inside of 22 Lou, Owen switched to curbside and online sales in March saying she felt it was the right thing to do.
She says she based re-opening the store around salons being allowed to re-open.
Owen says she’s had more customers come shop since re-opening than she expected, but they are required to follow social distancing rules.
“Obviously, we aren’t letting more than ten people in at a time due to social distancing and people have to stand six to twelve feet apart. Pretty much after someone leaves, we are cleaning everything.”
Owen says did have a decline in sales while her store was shipping and curbside only but she says she was able to offset some of the costs from her alterations business.