In the face of uncertainty, two new businesses in Pound Ridge have taken the ultimate plunge and opened up shops in Scotts Corners business district. The entrepreneurs behind these new establishments remain undaunted, even as the coronavirus outbreak persists.
The owner of Classy Nails & Spa, who prefers to go by her first name, May, had been waiting three months to open her business, located at 69 Westchester Ave. She decided enough was enough and went forward with a grand opening on Tuesday, June 23.
“We had been preparing for a long time,” she said.
In addition to wearing personal protective equipment, like gowns, masks and gloves, May and her three employees have put in place a series of protocols for the protection of both themselves and visitors. Before a customer can pass through the front door, they must undergo a temperature screening. Clients are not permitted to browse the dizzying array of nail polish colors on their own, but must instead ask a nail technician to assist them.
A visit to the new salon on Tuesday showed two customers were seated for one-of-a-kind pandemic pedicures — complete with shower curtain partitions, plastic-lined foot baths, and manicurists massaging lotion with latex gloves. Plexiglass dividers were fitted at each manicurist table, with a small slot for hands to peek through, not unlike a bank teller’s window.
After an employee has finished with a client, she must disinfect each tool and workstation. It creates extra work, but May and her staff would rather be cautious when it comes to contagion.
“It’s better to be safe, it makes people feel more comfortable,” she said.
Safety is also a top priority at the new Mobil station and Chestnut Market just down the road at 66 Westchester Ave.
“We’ve got to keep up strict protocols,” Manager Dominik Mhakut said from behind the plexiglass divider in front of his cash register.
The market and service station are owned by Chestnut Petroleum Distributors Energy Corp, a family-operated company with 300 locations in the tri-state area.
In an email to The Record-Review, Joe McCormick, the company’s program manager of environmental and health and safety services, said all employees were trained on “proper use and maintenance of personal protective equipment; proper social distancing; proper and continuous disinfection and sanitation of high touch and high traffic areas; proper disinfection of all product deliveries; and touchless transactions.”
Sal Jamal, who runs CPD Energy with his three brothers, said he was optimistic about the company’s newest location, even under the current circumstances.
“We’re pretty excited about doing business in Pound Ridge,” said Mr. Jamal, who grew up in Mount Kisco and attended Fox Lane High School.
He purchased the former Sunoco gas station and auto body shop from Tim and Karen Shaeffer earlier this month, before reopening it as the Mobil station and Chestnut Market approximately two weeks ago.
Mr. Jamal said he plans to continue operating the auto body shop for about a year or two before applying for a building permit to expand the Chestnut Market into the space to create a more extensive convenience store.