How one local retailer is getting back to business

After 6 weeks of being closed, Vernacular is back open and will be accepting appointments or walk-ins, if they are not already at capacity. 

体育投注After six weeks of being closed, Vernacular is back open and will be accepting appointments or walk-ins, if they are not already at capacity.

Co-owner Chelsea Konieczko said they have been closed because of COVID-19 for six weeks.

体育投注Vernacular is a women's clothing store, but they also do a lot of home decor and other gifts.

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The store has been in the Grandview location for just under 10 years now and is also in German Village and Worthington.

"We are very small we do all of our build-outs, we do everything ourselves," Konieczko said.

体育投注Finances and budgeting have always been a big focus for them as owners.

"All of our expansion has been all on our dime anyway, so everything we have is in this and everything we have is riding on it," Konieczko said.

They are just one of many businesses impacted by the changes that came with the virus.

体育投注"We have had to make tough calls, we are closing all three of our out of town stores," Konieczko said.

They also had to make the tough decision of letting go of 35 employees throughout 6 of their locations.

She said right before the had to close their doors because of COVID-19, they were already down 10% in sales compared to the year before.

However, over the weekend they opened their business back up.

"Friday afternoon was when they made the announcement, the change that we could do that in the written order and we immediately came in fixed up the store cleaned everything," Konieczko said.

"Anyone can email us or direct message us on Instagram and let us know they'd like to make an appointment and we will have a time slot available for them but we have been nowhere near the 10 capacity customers," Konieczko said.

体育投注Customers do not need an appointment if they are picking up an order. They do need an appointment if they want to go into the store, stay and shop.

Vernacular's owners are following Governor Mike DeWine's guidelines and will not be allowing more than 10 people in the store at a time. If they are not at capacity, they will accept walk-ins.

体育投注As for people wearing masks inside the store, they are also following the Governor's guidelines on that.

"We are asking if people want to wear them please feel free to, if they do not want to wear them we have them on the whole time," Konieczko said.

We spoke with one of the shoppers who came to pick up an order.

体育投注"I picked up a picture frame, a candle and some hand soap," Alex Campbell said.

Campbell said it was her first time in the store and it was nice to be able to get out of the house for a little.

"I'm excited because I haven't been out and about I've mostly been doing online orders," Alex Campbell said.

The owners are hoping to bring back two employees within the next couple of weeks.

体育投注"Our hope in the next couple of weeks is to bring back 2, that's how devastating this has been financially and my husband and I will be in here as much as possible," Konieczko said.

体育投注They are working to get their managers who are full-time back on and down the road in a couple of months, they hope to welcome other employees back.

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