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Update On All Things Weird
Update on all things weird:

I feel like this has been going on for 40 years, y'all. I hope everyone is staying sane and safe.  Remember in March when we thought it would be a week to two and then things would just be normal?  


Here's some updates on Alair that will probably change immediately.  Still worth a shot though.  

I know people think when Phase 2 starts, they will be able to come in again.  Because that's what people keep telling me that they think.  But it's just not looking good.  And because I'm an oversharer- here's why:

The guidelines haven't been completely announced yet, but some have, and it's going to be really tough to do for really tiny businesses like Alair.  Not to mention that I'd rather keep everyone healthy and feel good about our actions and how we are being responsible for our community.

If we open, we are going to need to have two people in the store for those open hours.  So that we can make sure that cleaning and sanitizing and social distancing is properly happening but still help you pick out the perfect things and ring up transactions.  That means that after being closed for so long, payroll would go up for any hours that we are open whether or not customers come in and with a fraction of the capacity.  ALSO on top of that, we have to be able to get the disinfecting wipes and other supplies to clean and keep everyone safe.  We have those now since we have been sanitizing like crazy, but it'll be a much different quantity we will need to open the doors.  So when Phase 2 is announced, we might be able to open very limited hours, but basically it's all up in the air and nobody knows anything, and as of today, I'm not counting on it.

ALL OF THAT SAID:  I appreciate the support more than I could ever say.  Because of you guys, Alair is still open for now.  I hope it stays that way.  But this is HARD and I have no idea how sustainable this is long term and we have received none of the funding that I've tried for.  But, I basically have had no idea what I am doing since I opened in December 2016, so I'm not worried about things I can't control.  

I CAN control running a business in a way that I am proud of and can feel responsible about.  We are still shipping and doing local deliveries and curbside pickups.  And will keep doing those things as long as I can pay the bills.  I love you guys and this community so much and I'm not giving up.  I don't want this to sound negative AT ALL.  The bigger picture of this impact is still hazy but I'm trying to see it.  And oversharing while I do.


Conclusion-ish:  I'm going to cut down the curbside pickup hours for now and save on some operating costs there.  That said: Easter is the only day I've taken off from being at the shop since the beginning of March, so I'm around. Let me know if you need anything or if you're in a time crunch.  Either Lori or I are here!

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