Small businesses in Halesowen are thriving after lockdown
THREE small businesses in Halesowen have not only weathered the coronavirus storm – but are thriving now as people are turning back to independent retailers.
2Ks Cuts Barbers, A Cut Above Barbers and Burbo K’ture Boutique for Women’s Clothing are all located in the same unit at 70, Lyde Green.
The trio of firms have supported each other throughout the pandemic and, thanks to forward thinking, are only going from strength to strength as buyers turn to supporting local businesses.
Paul Burbridge, who runs Burbo K’ture, which sells original bespoke designs and vintage clothing on the first floor, said: “The pandemic has been a tremendous learning curve.
“My business has always been 50/50 face-to-face and online – during the first lockdown I really didn’t know how it was going to go – but with people at home looking at phones and computers – the visits online went through the roof. It was everything as usual – I thought where are all these people going to wear these clothes!!
“My regular customers have been very supportive.
“People have also been asking for loungewear to wear around the house.”
Paul, 50, lives in Halesowen, was formerly based at Tabouki Laine on Hagley Street but unfortunately the shop has closed.
He moved into the Lyde Green unit last October and used it as a base to conduct virtual sessions with clients during the lockdown.
Joanne Wells, owner of The Cut Above on the first floor (pictured above), used to be a mobile hairstylist but decided to move to the site in July 2020 due to issues with the pandemic and entering people’s homes and sterilizing tools to open.
The 46-year-old said: “It’s fantastic – my clients have all been so supportive and have followed me here.
“It’s nice to work with other companies – I love it.”
2K’s Cuts Barbers is run by two best friends, Kerri Leeson and Kerry Holmes, who are currently on maternity leave (pictured above).
Kerri, 35, said: “We all have excellent support from our customers, we couldn’t ask for better customers.
“It was hard to be closed so now it’s great to be back open and to have gotten through it.
“We all support each other – that’s great.”
The shops have an outdoor terrace where customers can relax.
Paul said: “It’s pretty amazing how we’ve survived considering we’re not on the main road.”
We’re launching our Love Local Business campaign to encourage people to spend their money locally.
The aim is to promote all of the awesome traders we have in our cities and urge our readers to give them their habits at this key time in the fight to overcome the financial impact of the pandemic.
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