Businesses hurting with Popp's Ferry bridge closed

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Catching up on the day's paper, something stylist Tina Chance rarely gets to do on Saturdays at the Heads Up Salon. But, since a barge took out part of the Popp's Ferry bridge Friday morning, Chance's styling tools haven't gotten much use.

"Everybody I had on the books with the exception for one called and cancelled their appointments," says Chance.

Owner Jeannie Donald says the shop normally sees about 60 people on Saturdays, but, this Saturday, less than half of those customers walked through the door.

"Some of them are saying the drive is too long to go around Lorraine Cowan or I-110, and they just can't make that drive," says Donald.

With the state of the economy, the salon being relatively new and now the bridge closing, Donald says she feels like she's being dealt a triple blow.

"It's really scary. I put a lot of money into opening this salon and for this to happen. You don't have a lot of money to wait two or three months for business to pick up again," says Donald.

In the meantime, to keep customers coming through the door, the salon might have to depend a lot more on an old-fashioned approach, word of mouth from satisfied customers. Satisfied customers like Elizabeth Garibell seem more than happy to help in that effort.

"I would suggest that people come to this place and try it out,  because these are good people you really don't want to see go under."

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