Per State Mandate, We're Closed for Two Weeks as of 3/17/2020
So...things have changed since my last post!!!
Not just for me, but for all of us--I hope you are healthy and on the lowest possible end of Life's Disruption Scale. I really hoped that my most recent post (featuring my hours & new rates after Raven Salon's April 1st price adjustment) would be the last Big News for quite a while, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
Due to Governor Jay Inslee's recent mandate regarding WA ST hair and nail salons, Raven Salon has closed for two weeks as of St. Patrick's Day (3/17/2020). We are aware that this mandated closing will most likely last a lot longer than two weeks, but we are trying not to panic just yet.
What Does This Mean For You?
You are going to be shaggy. Unbelievably, flammably shaggy.
What Does This Mean For Me?
As an independent contractor...this situation honestly ain't great. I have a little bit of a cushion (thank you, fizzled-move-to-Austin-that-I-nattered-on-about-all-year!) but the longer this closure lasts, the quicker my kittycat Felicia goes from this:
I know there's nothing we can do. I figured salons would be closed at some point (due to the less-than-six-feet nature of haircuts) for some fixed amount of time, but to have my entire industry shut down indefinitely is frightening. This disaster has loosened some of the federal restrictions for self-employed folks / independent contractors / small business owners to receive unemployment benefits, so I am applying for various forms of aid.
I'm also putting feelers out for writing/editing/blogging work. My OG clients know that I hold an MFA in creative writing from UW and have provided content, editing, and SEO for several respected winery blogs. I'm on LinkedIn and you can find my portfolio here.
I guess that's all for now. This is weird, not seeing you guys!!!
I hope we all get through this with our sanity intact and a roof still over our heads. I will post updates on this blog asap, and want to thank you again for your patronage and loyalty over the years, I really appreciate it and am honored that I've been able to be a small part of your lives for so long--and hope that continues!
Take the very best of care, I look forward to seeing you as soon as is prudent. Let me know how you're doing in the comments, please!