Decades-old Seattle salon shutters after COVID-19, crime and unrest in downtown
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A Seattle salon that's been a fixture for decades announced it is closing as the coronavirus pandemic and riots continue to squeeze the city's downtown small businesses.
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"We are sad to announce that we’ve made the difficult decision to close our Downtown location," Gene Juarez Salons & Spas wrote on Facebook on Tuesday.
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"Since opening in 1998, the Gene Juarez Downtown location we say farewell to today has served tens of thousands of loyal guests and employs some of our most talented artists," the post continued.
Employees at the closed salon will be able to work at Gene Juarez's nine other locations.
"As with all things art and fashion, change is inevitable," the business wrote on Facebook. "While our next Seattle footprint is yet to be determined, we look forward to continuing our legacy of artistry and service for decades to come."
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Downtown Seattle has lost approximately 125 businesses, the Downtown Seattle Association said, according to KOMO News.
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