On Friday afternoon at the Great Clips on West Market Street, folks were lined up outside the door braving the winds, sprinkling rain and cooler temperatures in order to get their hair cut.
Of course, they maintained a safe distance, and some even waited in their cars for their names to be called. The salon can allow in only a certain number at one time and must do proper sanitation of the area after every appointment, as recommended by the Health Department and Gov. Bill Lee.
“We have had an overwhelming response from people and it’s pretty amazing, actually,” Chasta Hammett, salon manager at Great Clips said. “It’s crazy busy with two- and three-hour waits all day.”
The people in line even got some entertainment from Van Eaton playing an assortment of songs ranging from Van Morrison’s “Moondance” to The Band’s “The Weight.”
“I figured people was going to be waiting here for a while, so I decided to start playing,” he said. “I’ve got the coronavirus blues, and I think we all do.”
“He was actually sitting out here up against the wall and we brought him a chair and put up the tent,” Hammett said. “If we’re going to be out here for hours, we might as well have some musical entertainment.”
Haircuts may not seem like a necessity under normal circumstances, but with close-contact businesses being closed for nearly two months, some folks’ hair can get long and out of control.
“I’ve had people say to me, ‘I’ve waited two months to tell you that I love you and that I miss you’ and I’m glad that we’re back,” Hammett said.
The response from the employees is one of great rejoice as well. Hammett said the return to some normalcy is a step in the right direction.
“Our employees were eager to get back to work and excited,” she said. “Of course, you're going to have some that are a little bit iffy, but they're overall ready to come back and see our customers come back.”