How St. Pete barber shops and hair/nail salons are planning to reopen

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The Governor of Florida recently announced that hair and nail salons could reopen to customers with some restrictions. Guidelines include requiring employees to wear face masks, keeping a 15 minute space between appointments to ensure the space is properly cleaned/sanitized, and encouraging shop owners to remove frequently touched items from waiting areas (magazines, remotes, charging cords, etc.).

St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman and the St. Pete Police Department each released statements indicating they would apply no further restrictions on barber shops/nail salons. So now that shops can open, are they letting customers in?

Central Oak is back up and running 

Central Oak Barber Co. is now open for business. The shop has been thoroughly cleaned/sanitized, and barbers are ready to cut hair while adhering to new daily procedures.

The barber shop is reducing its capacity to 50%, and asking customers to wait in their cars for their appointments.

Book your hair appointment in advance online.

Central Oak Barber Co., 735 49th Street North.

Shave Cave reopens downtown 

Shave Cave, a popular barbershop in downtown St. Pete, opened for business on Monday, May 11. The shop enlisted the services of a local sanitation company to get the shop ready for the public. Every square inch of the shop was disinfected.

Shave Cave is operating at 50% capacity, and requesting that customers come to their appointments alone so as to not cause any unnecessary crowding. Make an appointment on Shave Cave’s website.

Shave Cave, 215 1st St N

Number 9 Salon readies for customers next week

Number 9 Hair Salon is preparing to officially reopen on May 18. This week the team is working around the clock to clean the space, and set up operations to adhere to the Governor’s guidelines.

“Our front desk staff will be working around the clock this week to ensure that everyone is taken care of, to the very best of our abilities,” wrote the Number 9 Salon team on Facebook. “We ask for continued understanding and patience in the coming weeks as we trek through any adjustments and/or changes that might come our way. Remember, we’re all in this together. We’ll see you all in about a week, 9 tribe! We can’t wait”

Follow the salon on Facebook and its website for updates.

Number 9 Hair Salon, 321 10th Ave N

Paint Nail Bar adds new sanitization procedures 

Paint Nail Bar in downtown St. Pete is also working toward reopening. Paint will require customers to wear masks while at the salon. Guests will also be asked to wash their hands upon entry. This is as much for their own safety as the safety of other guests and employees.

All nail instruments will be sterilized in Paint’s medical grade autoclave. The shop also plans to extend its hours to help prevent crowding while serving as many of its clients as possible.

Follow Paint Nail Bar on Facebook and Instagram for updates, and keep up with its website for updates on reservations.

Paint Nail Bar, 320 Central Avenue

Uptown Barber Bar reaches out to clients who lost appointments

Uptown Barber Bar plans to resume business on May 19. The shop is first reaching out to those clients who had appointments canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The shop noted in a Facebook post that it would require customers to wear a face covering during their appointment. Customers will need to arrive a few minutes before their appointment, and give a call to the shop upon arrival to be let in.

Keep up with the latest announcements, and appointment availability by following the shop on Facebook, and visiting its website.

Uptown Barber Bar, 3300 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N

How is your hair/nail salon responding to reopening? Let us know in the comments.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

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