NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESS OWNER FEELS THE PAIN OF EXTENDED CLOSURE

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“The struggle is real,” according to one non-essential business owner in Tuscaloosa who said they have an uncertain future due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen Mathis, the owner of Bama Tan Salon and Spa, has three locations in Northport, on University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa and down Highway 69. She said February through May are the stores’ money-making months. However, due to COVID-19 shuttering many non-essential companies in mid-March, the business was down 70% and those funds are already gone.

“We just feel like the small businesses are being pushed aside I guess,” Mathis said. “I know there’s funds out there for some but there needs to be funds there for all. I mean, you know, we need to all survive together since we all in this together.”

Mathis said she has been in business since 1994 and she doesn’t know how much longer she will be able to hold on.

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