From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Some local businesses were thankful to finally be able to open their doors this week, after Governor Kay Ivey’s Safer at Home order went into effect on Thursday, April 30.
Boutiques, thrift stores and other small businesses previously deemed “non-essential” have been closed for weeks. After the governor relaxed some restrictions, businesses were able to reopen but many of those businesses have made changes.
In Trussville, Rebecca Brown, owner of Rebecca Brown’s – A Baby & Children’s Boutique, had only been open a week in her new location at the intersection of Main Street and North Chalkville Road, when she was forced to close.
“I’m so excited to be able to reopen,” said Brown. “I will still do a little bit of delivering but it is nice to just get up and have a store to come to.”
Brown is offering customers free masks and gloves. There is also hand sanitizer available at the entrance of the store.
Discount Warehouse, off Gadsden Highway in Trussville, has more than toys, makeup and the regular stock. The store is also selling hand sanitizer, masks and gloves.
For now, the store is offering curbside pickup and has been using Facebook to showcase items. Wes Heath said the online, live sales could continue after everything gets back to normal.
“We will probably do a couple a month,” said Heath. “People really like that and some people are scared to get out and about, so we will still do some of that.”
Discount Warehouse will reopen the store to customers on Monday, May 4. There will only be 10 people allowed inside at a time.
At Guitar Pros, the store and music lessons are back in business. Tara Bentley said the internet helped when she had to close her doors.
“We’ve done a lot of online sales and that has helped us throughout this whole thing,” said Bentley. “It feels good to be back in business.”
Guitar Pros is practicing social distancing and only allowing 10 or fewer customers at a time.
Tula J Boutique is taking precautions to keep customers and employees safe. Ashli Posey said employees will wear masks and there will be hand sanitizer available to customers. The dressing rooms are also being sanitized regularly. The store has been rearranged to make it easier for customers to practice social distancing.
“We are very blessed to be able to open back up,” said Posey. “It was a challenge. We basically had to put this store online.”
Tula J Boutique also recommends customers wear masks.
In Springville, Shop Bob’s Unclaimed Freight plans to reopen on Tuesday, May 5. Owner Bob Ping said the fire department came in and advised the store on how to reopen safely.
“We will follow those guidelines and will have how many people are allowed in the store posted,” said Ping. “We will also have marks on the floor where people stand at the register, we are going to have hand sanitizer and we are going to have gloves available to our customers if they want them.”
Shop Bob’s is also installing a plexiglass shield between the cashier and the customer.
There are numerous businesses that are still unable to reopen, including hair salons, gyms and nightclubs.
Below you can read the list of businesses we know of that are reopening. If you would like to submit a business, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject: BUSINESS REOPENING.
Alabama Wholesale Diamonds
Barnett Furniture – limiting to 10 people in store – taking appointments to maximize shopping and minimize number of people. Appointments can be booked through Instagram and Facebook profile or website (barnettfurniture.com) Hours Monday- Friday 10-5:30 and Saturday 10-4
M.P Dawson Merchantile -Monday-Friday 10-5, Saturday 10-3
Rebecca Brown’s – A Baby & Children’s Boutique
Trussville Antiques & Interiors will be opening Monday, May 4 from 11 a.m -5 p.m. and continue those hours throughout the week.
Tula J Boutique
Whoopsie Daisy Boutique
Platinum Beauty Supply
Queen’s Beauty Supply
Bama Flea Mall & Antique Center
The Outlet Shops of Grand River – Various stores reopening. Check website – www.shopgrandriver.com.
Leeds Family Eye Care
Mum and Me
Shop’s Bobs Unclaimed Freight