SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The COVID-19 pandemic hit local barbershops and salons pretty hard. While they’ve made adjustments to keep their doors open, it’s not cheap. Fortunately, there is critical funding available to help keep some of these businesses alive.
Business is buzzing at Blades Barber Shop in Whitehaven once again, but it didn’t come without a price.
“I have a cleaning crew come in to sanitize the shop two, three times a month,” said shop owner Charles Jackson.
Blades Barber Shop was closed for three months during the shutdown. Now that it is back open, there are new safety protocols they must follow.
“We sanitize our chairs in between customers. Take temperature, take numbers down. Sanitize doors and windows,” said Jackson.
To offset the cost of buying supplies needed to keep customers safe, Jackson told FOX13 he applied for CARES Act Funding and received $2,000.
“It’s helped us out tremendously with enforcing it, buying more supplies and offering masks for the people coming in,” said Jackson.
And they’re not the only ones. More than 200 other hair salons, barbershops, hair and nail salons received aid from the $1 million dollars available.
“From this $1 million, we’re able to make grants of up to $2,000 to help these businesses recover and to make these environs safer,” said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.
It’s a boost Jackson said he is grateful for.
“I’m thankful for that. This helped us out tremendously,” said Jackson.
There is $500,000 still available for small businesses. If you would like to apply, click here.
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