Retail stores, salons ready to reopen in phase 2

SPOKANE, Wash. — When Spokane County officially announced the move to phase two, some businesses were already ready to take in customers. Others still had to put on the finishing touches, making sure it’s safe for staff and customers.

Moving to phase two meant it was time to get pampered again for Janice Bell.

“I’m really appreciating, having my nails done and my pedicure, and feeling very good about being more glamorous again,” Bell told 4 News Now as she was getting her nails done.

It’s been more than two months since her nails had a little TLC.

“They were awful,” Bell said.

Now, they’re not thanks to Foxy Nails. Once Spokane County received the OK to move to the next stage of the governor’s Safe Start plan, Foxy Nails Owner Stephanie Nguyen called her longtime clients and told them they were opening Friday.

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Nguyen said she spent weeks getting the store ready and training her staff on safety protocols. That’s why it was so easy to reopen the day of the announcement.

The salon now has plexiglass set up between the client and the nail technician. Customers have to wash their hands first and get their temperature taken, nail polishes are not to be touched by the customer, just staff.

“We ready, I think the customers will be ready too, they seeing us on top of everything,” Nguyen said. “I think they feel safe, then they will come.”

Even if the inside of the salon looks a little different, being open again felt good for workers and customers alike.

“Very excited to be open again and feel like freedom, alive,” Nguyen explained.

That feeling of finally being open will come Saturday for Boutique Bleu owner Amy Driscoll.

“I have no idea what to expect for tomorrow,” she said.

Friday, they were still ironing out the details, both in the clothes and safety protocols.

“We’re excited to see our regulars.  We’re excited to meet new people. We cannot wait to start our summer and get back to regular life,” she said.

Pre-pandemic, Driscoll would’ve held a Memorial Day sale, but not this year.

“We’re not going to promote anything like that just because I don’t want to promote so many people coming into the store where it becomes an issue, unfortunately,” Driscoll said.

It wouldn’t be easy to control the crowd because she only has few employees working now.

However, at Walkers Furniture, they’re all about the sales this weekend. Staff were seen getting ready to turn that open sign on Saturday, putting tape down on the floors to mark six feet.

The furniture store can also handle the crowd, as they have hundreds of workers spread throughout their 14 stores in three states.

“We’re having the biggest clearance sale ever in the history,” said Tim Byers, the general manager of Walkers Furniture.

They are having a big clearance sale partly because they received about 100 truckloads of inventory even when they were closed.

“Normally, by now, we would have had cleared out all of our bedding and mattresses, and launched a new line. We didn’t get that opportunity this year,” Byers said.

Now they’re ready to get rid of it, ready to reopen on one of their busiest weekends of the year.

“Based upon what has happened in Oregon when we reopened and Idaho reopened, we’ll be busy,” Byers said. “There appears to be some pent up demand, and the traffic at some of our other stores as soon as we opened has been pretty incredible.”

Whether you’re walking into a salon or a retail store soon, still take some safety precautions.

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