If you look around these days, you might notice a lot of people wearing their hair in buns with outgrown roots since salons have been deemed "non-essential" amid the coronavirus pandemic shutdown. While salons may not be an essential service to the customers, they are absolutely essential to the stylists and salon owners who depend on them for their livelihood. Heather Gockel, owner of Vintage Salon and Spa located in Manor, Pennsylvania for over 6 years, is just one of tens of thousands of people in the state who are still waiting for help.
I have absolutely no income because of this shut down. I have no assistance with SBA (applied and have heard nothing), I cannot apply for self employed unemployment because it hasn’t been made available in Pennsylvania yet. But, I still have to pay my utilities, salon insurance, and license fees for the salon. I have $18,000 worth of products sitting on shelves that I cannot use because I cannot take clients. I fear I may lose clients permanently because they used box color or they don’t have jobs to be able to pay for salon services once the shutdown is lifted."
Please help to support Heather by visiting her website and by liking her Facebook page here. You can contact her by phone at 724-757-2985 to purchase a gift certificate over the phone.
If you are a small business owner in Pennsylvania and would like to be featured in this project, please contact me.
Tracy Miller is a family, newborn, & fine art photographer serving Pittsburgh & surrounding communities in Pennsylvania including:
Greensburg, Latrobe, Irwin, North Huntingdon, Ligonier, Penn Township, Fox Chapel, Penn Hills, Monroeville, Penn-Trafford, Squirrel Hill, Wexford, Murrysville, and beyond.