Barbers, stylists hoping to be back open soon

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Hair and nail salons are shutting down in Chattanooga, to try and stop the spread of the Coronavirus.

“I think there’s no other way,” said Rob Brown, owner of Town & Country Barber Shop and Salon.

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The chairs are empty. The phones, silent, as Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke calls on all hair and nail salons to close their doors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brown had already decided to shut down Monday.

“It was a really hard decision to make because we have employees that obviously depend on the income here, and we ourselves do also,” Brown said. “I decided just to ask God, and we woke up Monday morning with clear vision that we could not keep our people safe, our employees safe, our sweet customers safe and open up.”

Top of the Line Barber Shop on MLK Boulevard is staying open one more day before the order goes into effect. However, the manager says he doesn’t know how long he’ll be able to last with no income.

“I mean, I guess you got to do what you got to do for the community, but people have to make money too,” Uncle Q said. “Of course you got a nest egg that you put away for times like this, rainy days, but if it goes on too long, like I said, I’ll just have to come in and work and cut, and wear my gloves and clean my hands and do what I can, but life doesn’t stop.”

“It’s been very hard for my stylists,” Brown said. “But can I say that, yesterday while calling my clients to reschedule, our clients to reschedule, they were paying. They were going ahead and paying for their hair cut, going ahead and paying for their service.”

Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump said he wants businesses back open by Easter. Brown is hoping for even sooner.

“We live in a great community,” Brown said. “Our city is great. People are doing this on their own. And if we all do it, it actually will make a difference. And we will be back before Easter.”

You can follow along with Uncle Q during this quarantine time by listening to his podcast, Qrazy Talk.

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."