The community coming together for Roxy’s Salon
Written by Catrina Petersen on March 24, 2020
Photo courtesy to Roxy’s Hair Studio Facebook page
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.- Local businesses are taking a hit due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the new Stay-At-Home order issued.
However one local hair salon is using the community to stay positive during these trying times.
In a little neighborhood near Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University is Roxy’s Hair Studio, which provides professional hair care services.
The salon is closed until April 7 or until the order is lifted.
The salon has already reached out to their clients and they are on the schedule for April and May, once they are able to get back to work.
Owner and Cosmetologist Roxy Parker said, “We feel very blessed by our community, they have been extremely positive and flexible in rearranging their appointments, purchasing gift cards to help us out and a client even reached out and sent me money over Venmo for the appointment that she was planning to come in for.”
The salon does have five independent stylists and of course, being closed for two weeks is a great concern financially.
However, Parker said, “As a local salon boutique we have felt an immense support from the community and we are not worried about the next two weeks because of that.”
Parker doesn’t consider this time to be a loss of business, but more of a delay in business.
“I have always managed my business to make sure that we have a cushion for expenditures, so we will be good to go once our doors are open. We know that there will be a lot of people excited to jump back into the salon once we reopen. We are extremely thankful for our studio family and dedicated clients. We will be ready with extra hours for when that day comes,” said Parker.
So what is staying home like for the employees at the salon?
According to Parker, these extroverted stylists aren’t able to connect with clients daily and help them find the confidence and beauty within themselves to succeed in their own personal lives.
“I would say the hardest part about this shelter at home is that we are not able to be that voice and channel for our local women, men and families. Part of our passion in the industry is cheering on our people when they are celebrating big wins as well as offering a shoulder to cry on when there are deep losses, and softly convincing them to not chop it all off after a breakup,” said Parker.
Through the salon’s social media accounts they are giving self-care tips and offering online tutorials.
At this time, the salon is providing curbside pickup of theirs products as well.