TUPELO, Miss (WTVA)- Small business owners are finally catching a break through the Coronavirus Pandemic. Governor Tate Reeves announced Friday non-essential businesses can offer curbside service.
Brenda Shumpert, owner of Bishop's Flower Shop, says she hopes this leads to an increase in revenue. Business at the shop has dropped almost 70 percent.
Shumpert says the Coronavirus forced her to close the shop to the public, but still allowed her to provide flowers for funeral homes.
However, with restrictions on non-essential businesses relaxing, Shumpert is now able to offer curbside service.
She set up a pick-up table outside, but is still taking every precaution to stay safe.
“We clean our money. No one is allowed to touch that money. We do all of the contact behind the glass doors.”
In Mantachie, Ivy Rose Flower Shop owner Anna-Clark Prestage says the pandemic almost brought her new store to its knees.
“I completely closed my store front. It felt best to shut the doors as we are not an essential business,” Prestage said.
A budding shop owner herself and a one-woman show, she didn’t have time build her clientele.
Now, she hopes curbside deliveries will help get the everything back on track.
“I do think it will bring people back. People need flowers," she said.
Bishop's flower shop had already started curbside delivery. Prestage plans to start offering curbside services on Monday.