Mackenzie and Cruickshank and Lisa’s Barber Shop are two Forres businesses welcoming customers back this week
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Businesses are excited to be welcoming customers back after three months of enforced closure.
Mackenzie and Cruickshank director Peter Wilson and Lisa’s Barber Shop owner Lisa Savage have re-opened their premises for business in line with the easing of coronavirus lockdown measures.
Hairdressers, homeware shops and garden centres have been given the go-ahead to open in Scotland, and non-essential click-and-collect services are also allowed to resume.
However, people still cannot travel outside their local authority boundaries, unless for essential reasons.
Mr Wilson said: “I’m lucky I’ve got a great team of people and we are lucky we can open.
“I said to the team, if we are not excited and a little nervous then we are not ready!”
The Greshop Road garden centre and gift shop is welcoming trade, however, the adjoining café is offering a takeaway service only at the moment.
“We’re proud to open the doors and show what we’ve been doing during lockdown,” said Mr Wilson.
“You don’t set up a garden centre without having most staff in, so we have been preparing and working hard.”
He added: “Click and collect has helped and our suppliers have been looking after us.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Savage and her son Mark have started offering trims again via appointments app Nearcut.
Lisa said: “Mark and I are thrilled to be back.
“We’re still maintaining the highest health and safety standards after what’s been a difficult year for all small businesses.”
Lisa’s is celebrating a decade in the centre of Forres on Monday.
She said: “We would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty and support.”