Next phase of re-openings includes fashion related businesses

BOWLING GREEN Ky.-As the Commonwealth continues to re-open, fashion-related businesses like tattoo parlors, hair salons, and barbershops can now join in on welcoming customers back in. Henry Hill has been waiting a long time for his cut and calls the experience at the Shake Rag Barber Shop a cut above the rest.

“I feel refreshed. It’s been a while, and I’m just thankful that I was able to get in today. I’m just feeling thankful,” Hill said.

It’s not just customers who are feeling thankful. Owners say they’re glad to have people coming back. Health guidelines are followed through having plenty of sanitation options, as well as temperatures being checked as customers come in. Despite the added measures, master stylist with Studio 1 Salon Christin Mulwitz said she’s thrilled to be working again.

“It’s been a long time coming and I’m very excited,” Mulwitz said.

Tattoo and piercing shops like Taboo Brothers Tattoos are also enjoying having their clients back, which owner Clint Young said was a treat to see.

“It’s humbling. It’s awe-inspiring to know that after 11 years, people are still riding the roller coaster with us. They’ve saved their money over this hard time because we’re all going through it,” Young said.

While all of the establishments have been waiting for this day, the experience of interacting with customers was missing, which Young said plays a key role in his field.

“It’s the experience. We have pastors come in, we have people who get matching tattoos with their grandparents. It’s the experience that people are missing,” Young said.

As things at least begin to return to normal, Mulwitz said interacting with the customers again is the root of why she enjoys this field.

“We love our customers. We think about them when we get up in the morning, and we think of them when we go to bed at night,” Mulwitz said.