GONZALEZ, La. (LOCAL 33)(FOX 44) – Life is coming back to Main Street. Business owners who lost hope now see the light at the end of the tunnel. Point Salon and Spa closed their doors in March just like everyone else in this plaza.
The owner, Claire Olle, started to lose hope as she watched debt.
“It was a lot of sleepless nights a lot of prayers a lot of tears. And a lot of not knowing how long we were going to be closed for,” Olle says.
“I’m about 7,000 dollars in debt.”
She lost about 8 thousand dollars in income. Lucky for her, her customers were happy to chip in while they waited.
“They sent Venmos and messages to check on me and my daughter,” Olle says.
But naturally unemployment checks and the goodwill of her clients still wasn’t enough to make the cut. The only thing she could depend on was May 15th, when the order was lifted. Ttoday is that day. Marian Hutto is the first to walk through the door.
“I understand that these ladies have no other income,” Hutto says. “They have no other way of making money. I’m so happy that they’re back.”
The feeling is mutual, you can find that same outpouring of support in several businesses in this plaza today. At the Pelican Medical and Wellness Center down the walk, Edwina Tapley is just as happy to reopen.
“We missed our clients,” Tapley says.
Elective medical treatments like botox and laser removal were not allowed. She’d just opened in September so closing in March was a hit. Now, the concern is about the second wave. But Olle and tapley believe that social distancing and sanitizing can go a long way.
“If everyone would take precautions and we keep this at bay then we can move forward and not backwards,” Olle says.