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Local businesses get creative to connect with the public

Featured photo: The team of Sweet Tee’s Salon and Kids Spa attend a vendor event.

Written by Jameca Patrick-Singleton

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly caused stress for small businesses. According to a statement made by Vice President Kamala Harris in mid-2021, one-third of small businesses closed as a result of COVID. To combat the loss of sales and to keep the cash flowing some local businesses are getting creative.

Sweet Tee’s Kids Spa and Salon provides salon services to everyone; however, they specialize in spa services for children, with an emphasis on children with disabilities. The salon and kids’ spa, the first of its kind in Genesee County, is located at 4205 Miller Rd. STE C8 Flint, MI 48507.

This past Sunday, however, Sweet Tee’s along with several other Flint-based business participated in a pop-up vendor event where they sold products and engaged with the community, connecting with potential new clients.

“Sweet Tees has participated in three vendor events so far this year,” explained Myra Looney, Sweet Tee’s spokesperson.

“It’s time for businesses to come together and network,” Looney added. “We need to remind people that we are here and open for business.”

Vendors display merchandise at a local event that brings multiple businesses under one roof.

Pop-up vendor events are events held through the community where businesses come together under one roof for the day. Pop-up events can take place almost any place throughout the community and have vendors selling everything from food, to clothing, to toys.

Alisha Jackson, a customer at Sunday’s event, stated that she has attended several similar events since last year.

She stated: “As a result of attending pop-up vendor events, I have a new make-up artist that I use for special occasions, and I found out about a new clothing boutique that I’m planning to patronize.”

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