“I wish everyone was open on holidays,” said Elizabeth Adjei, owner of Betecals boutique, 31 W. 10th St., which was among a few shops and restaurants open on Monday.
“Look at downtown, its dead,” she said. “I don’t always expect sales, but it’s OK to open. Customers know you care about them. You’ve got to stay open on holidays … (it’s the) only way to keep downtown alive.”
Adjei, who opened from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., said she had a steady flow of customers through the early part of the day.
Among her customers was caterer Arlene Escote, who came in to drop off some food for Adjei to sample. Escote said she didn’t plan on shopping, but ended up purchasing a handbag and shoes.
“Most of the businesses are closed,” Escote said. “I’m a shopaholic. I like clothes, dresses and jewelry. She’s (Adjei) a hardworking woman.”
Also open on Monday was hair stylist Lynda Nguyen at When in Rome Salon, 849 Central Avenue. Working independently, she said opening on Labor Day was better than sitting at home.
“I’ve got nothing to do,” she said. “Stay at home is boring, and gas is expensive. My customers are happy. People work and they don’t have time. Tomorrow they go back to work.”
Opened from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nguyen said she already had four customers when her fifth walked through the front door, 7-year-old Adam Masana, accompanied by his father, Ariel Masana, and his younger brother.
Masana said the fact that Nguyen was open on a holiday made it more convenient for his family.
“We’ve been going to her for the last 10 years,” he said. “I knew she’d be open. She’s open seven days a week.”
Two hair stylists at Rumors, 118 W. 10th St., also opened their doors on Monday to accommodate special customers.
“Customers come first, barbecues second,” said stylist Haley Twitchell, who was accompanied by fellow stylist Alicia Gonzales.
“Me and Alicia decided to take clients today, but a lot of girls decided to take the day off,” Twitchell said. “I definitely work Labor Day and Memorial Day. For a lot of people, it’s an easy day to get to the salon.”
Twitchell said among her special customers on Monday was 9-year-old Bean Pageant Princess Liahna Costilla. The girl was all smiles as she sat in the salon chair while Twitchell styled her hair for a pageant photo session later in the day.
“It was nice they were open,” said Liahna’s mother, Paula.
Other downtown businesses who opened their doors for a few hours on Monday included Mi Esperanza Market and Great Plate Bar & Grill on Central Avenue and Mira Bella Salon and Subway on 10th Street.
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