Pelham businesses reopen with community support

By Nathan Howell | Special to the Reporter

PELHAM— After Gov. Kay Ivey amended her recent safer-at-home order, many Pelham businesses began to reopen their doors to customers with limitations on May 11.

This allowed for restaurants to switch from offering curbside pickup and delivery, to allow a restricted number of dine-in guests. Also included in the order was hair salons and barbershops, which can now begin serving their customers again with strict guidelines for sanitation.

The Pelham Barber & Style Shop took the opportunity to reopen with these new guidelines and has received an overwhelming amount of support. According to owner Donna Catrett, the shop did more than 105 cuts on Monday.

“We are only allowing two customers in at a time. We are walk-in only, so we will have a sign-in book outside. They will sign it and wait in their car until we are ready for them,” Catrett said. “Most of our operations have stayed the same, but we are just cleaning everything a lot more.”

She said the shop is grateful to be back open, and that it appears customers are glad to be coming back.

One Pelham restaurant that started allowing dine-in guests was Cajun Boys and Our Poboys, who had previously been doing take-out orders only.

“We feel the changes are good to keep everyone safe at this point, but allowing us to be open is the big thing,” said Morgen Bryant, marketing director. “So far, our customers have been really great with the new changes and completely understanding. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us during this time.”

Morgan Gilkerson serves up a fresh Shrimp Po’Boy at Cajun Boys in Pelham (Reporter photo/Keith McCoy)

Some of these changes include requiring employees to wear a mask and gloves at all times. The restaurant has hand sanitizer available at all of its locations. If there is a wait for a table the restaurant is asking customers to wait in their cars,  and they will let them know when their table is ready.

“All the requirements that we have received from the CDC, we are taking very serious. Everything is clean and sanitize after each use, after we close we were thoroughly clean and sanitize every surface,” Bryant said.

The restaurant has three locations which are in Pelham, Chelsea and on Valleydale Road. The Valleydale and Pelham locations will be open Sunday -Thursday from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.  The Chelsea location is open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. The locations will be closed on Mondays.