Amidst the battle cry of how we are all in this together and promotions to shop local, there is no doubt that repeated closures of small businesses, especially those in the service industry, have taken a financial and mental health toll on operators.
For Shawna Small, owner of InStyle Hair Studio on Queen Street, 2020 and 2021 didn’t turn out like anything she could have imagined.
A popular salon that enjoys what she calls “a full book of appointments,” Small should have been celebrating her 20th anniversary in September 2020 with a gala event, thanking clients and the community for their ongoing support.
Instead, she found herself recovering from a province-wide lockdown that ran from March to June 2020, and not even anticipating that two more such lockdowns were on the horizon.
READ THE FULL STORY in THE KINCARDINE INDEPENDENT HERE.
The Kincardine Independent article finishes with advice from Shawna:
“If I have any advice to offer, it is you are not alone,” said Small. “Almost everyone I know is experiencing some sort of COVID fatique. Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone. Talk about how you are feeling. Reach out and ask how someone else is feeling, is a good place to start. Think of the most positive people in your life and reach out to talk to them. You aren’t alone. While we aren’t all experiencing this in the same way, we are all still experiencing COVID in some way.”
Armed with a new outlook and hopeful for the future, Small has a few surprises ready for clients when she can once again open her doors and welcome back clients, hopefully by early July, if not before.
Her newly launched website, https://InStyleHairStudio.ca is a refreshing reflection of her commitment to community, her staff and the work that she loves.