Saginaw area salon gets loan, plans change as it hopes to open soon

A mid-Michigan hair salon and spa is one of the lucky ones because it got a payroll protection loan the first time.

But even with that comes uncertainty, like what kind of changes will take place the next time you get your hair cut.

Avenue Hair Studio and Spa in Saginaw County has been open for 23 years, but due to the pandemic it has been closed since mid-March.

Dawn Carter owns the business with her husband Neal and they are busy making changes inside, using advice from other states that have allowed salons to open.

“We’ll have to do social distancing that’s six feet from each other,” she said.

Thus, customers will have to sit on every other chair, limiting which customers can be inside at the same time, so that the hours will be extended.

Guests and 32 staff will have the temperature checked and there will be no waiting room.

“Our guest has to wait in the car until the guest you have here leaves, and you’ll call your next guest,” Carter said.

They prepare masks.

“We are going to make it mandatory that all of our service providers wear masks, as well as our guests,” she said.

But what about the gloves. This is another question.

“It gets a little tricky when cutting the hair, because there is so much to cut, because there is so much to feel when you take the shot, but we’re going to adjust,” Carter says.

The chairs have been removed from the coloring station and the washing stations will be separated by plastic sheeting.

Carter says her payroll protection program loan must be used by June 18 or she must start repaying it.

“If I run out of money before I even open my PPP loan could end up costing me money, and that’s what’s scary,” she says.

Changes are in place, but the big question now for Carters, and for many other businesses, when will they be allowed to open?

“I will open whenever our governor says we can, but I am very worried about it, but what I have achieved in the last few days, as you have to find solace in planning what this is going for. look like it’s the fear comes from uncertainty, ”she said.

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