By Bruce Holland, Publisher
There were several hard-hit business sectors during the Pandemic, restaurants, gyms, and most service sector businesses. Perhaps one of the hardest hit were Salon’s.
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Anna Landry, the owner of Anna’s Salon in the Lacewood Plaza on Lacewood Drive in Clayton Park, to talk about the challenges of running a small business during Covid.
Anna is a Haligonian who grew up in Bedford. She has been a stylist for over 20 years, opening her Salon 14 years ago. When I ask her what the biggest challenge has been during Covid, Anna said, “the biggest challenge has been the health protocols. It was overwhelming at first. The expense of obtaining and implementing the Personal Protection Equipment, the severe drop in the volume of business when we were allowed to open. It has been incredibly hard!”
I know that the health rules made it like getting into Fort Knox when it comes to going to an appointment at any kind of service business. It seemed so strange, but necessary, to try to get into any of those types of businesses. They usually have their doors open and are so welcoming. The new normal, I guess!?
I asked Anna if there was anything positive during the whole Pandemic and she told me, “Government programs certainly took a lot of stress off owners. If it wasn’t for that you would see a lot more businesses fail. I only hope they will give owners more time to recover before asking for full payment on the loans they provided. It’s not like all of a sudden, our business has come back to where it was before the Pandemic. That is going to take time.”
Perhaps the thing that struck me the most was when Anna talked about her staff and her clients, saying, “I am extremely grateful to my staff and to my clients who both stuck with me during this very difficult time. You really find out who your friends are and for that I am so pleased and thankful!”
We wish Anna and her staff every success in the future!