HOLLAND, Mich. — After having to temporarily close her business, a West Michigan salon owner has become a full-time Shipt Shopper to support her family and her employees.
Quinn Vise, owner of Quinn Vise Hair Design & Co. temporarily closed her salon on March 21st in compliance with Governor Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe order.
"The week before we were even closed is when I was starting to think to myself, 'you know we have 21 employees besides my own family to take care of,'" said Vise. "That was where I just started to think of where can I be starting to send applications in."
Vise tried applying for nightshift work at local hospitals, but Shipt was the only readily available work.
Since closing her salon Vise has been working 10 hour days, seven days a week, delivering groceries to people.
"I'm covering the bills of my household, but also having to cover the bills of the salon, as much as I can," said Vise. "I can't wait for some kind of government bailout. It hasn't arrived yet."
Like some small business owners, Vise applied for multiple small business loans but was denied and left empty handed.
"So it's kind of like, appreciate the thought, we did apply for it but we didn't get it. I think in the end they only had X amount to even give. So, it didn't go very far," said Vise.
Vise says she knows her business and her employees will be okay and their community will be stronger in the end.
"In regards to the American spirit, because my family is from Australia, we're hard workers here. When it's time to kind of push your sleeves up, we do it," said Vise. " I want to be able to face my community and my employees, knowing that I have done everything possible, everything I could possibly do, to take care of my business, to take care of my employees."