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Locally owned stores preparing for Black Friday

Posted at 7:59 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 19:59:35-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Normal routines have been totally disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. And as part of the Rebound Kentucky, LEX 18 is trying to support people in need. That includes those local store owners who have worked tirelessly to re-open, stay open and keep customers safe.

As You Go boutique on Euclid Avenue has used their social media to see if their following will be coming in their store to shop for Black Friday.

"We expect a good amount, but not too much where it will put us at risk for having too many people in the store. But we are expecting a lot of online orders,"As You Go Owner Katie Hisle said.

Just down the street, James C. Boutique has also been using alternative ways to reach customers.

"If you see something on our social media, it links right to our website. That seems to be where everyone is choosing to shop from. We do a lot of curbside pickups through our website," Carrie Burkett, owner of James C. Boutique, said.

While expecting mostly online orders, both Lexington boutiques are prepared for in store shoppers.

"Masks are required. We are going to limit the amount of people allowed in the store and we are going to be regularly sanitizing everything," Hisle said.

"We will take everything that you try on and steam that, because our steamer gets so hot that any type of germ that it will get it. We are constantly lysoling, we're constantly swiffering and we are constantly, constantly using hand sanitizer," Burkett said.