HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — As small businesses fight to keep cash flowing, they are finding unique ways to keep their doors open.
Considered "not essential" during the COVID-19 pandemic, Salon Magnashear has been closed for a few weeks now.
"I was scared. I was like , "Oh no, what's going to happen to all my client's hair?"" said Monical Hall, Salon Magnashear owner.
However, the licensed hairstylist has found a way to keep business afloat, by dropping off conditioning kits right to her clients door step, with no human contact needed.
"It's really nice that she was able to deliver a little product for me, so that kind of ties me over and that's what works for me," said her client Genie Rainey. "You know a little bit goes a long way."
Considered essential businesses, places like gun stores, liquor stores and pawn shops are still open, while cosmetology salons did not make the cut.
"We went to school for 1500 hours," said Hall. "A couple hundred of those hours were learning sanitation, so how could we not be one of the most sanitized places that you go to? I have my own suite. It's just one person at a time."
It turns out, businesses deemed not essential may now have a fighting chance.
"The governor has also added a process by which businesses can submit requests for designation as essential," explained Bell County Judge David Blackburn during a press conference on Friday.
Any business can submit a request through the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
Hall said she plans on applying.
"Doesn't hurt to try," said Hall. "What's the worst that's going to happen? Same thing that I'm doing is staying at home now, so why not try?"