FAMILY & PARENTING

Struggling Salon Owner Says She’s Breaking The Law To Reopen—Despite Order To Stay At Home

by Amy Paige
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Shelley Luther owns a hair salon in Dallas, Texas. Like so many other small business owners, the current pandemic has wreaked havoc on her finances.

Many owners of nonessential businesses are trying to heed the guidelines and keep their doors closed until the government gives them the green light.

Shelley, however, is not one of them.

Her beauty salon was closed down on March 22, 2020, and she has not received any income since.

The mother of three says she’s officially behind on her mortgage payments. And without any clients, her 19 stylists are all struggling to keep themselves and their families afloat.

“It’s either come in and make money to be able to feed your families, or sit at home and freak out,” she told Inside Edition.

Now Shelley has made a controversial decision that has sparked a debate far beyond her Dallas community.

She has decided to defy Texas’s stay-at-home order and reopen her salon — and says her phone has been flooded with calls from people desperate for haircuts and color services.

Shelley was even sent a cease-and-desist letter, but she publicly ripped the paperwork to shreds in a show of defiance.

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