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Arlene and Friends


Posted 11:57 pm, 06/02/2020

I think a lot of people don't know that hairdressers had to pay a LOT of money to reopen! All new combs and brushes, the cost of Barbicide skyrocketed, disposable smocks, not to mention additional cleaning time and decreased capacity.

Prices went up because the cost of doing business went up.


Posted 7:09 pm, 05/26/2020

I guess Eddie didn't know that the same info is on the county Health Department's website, I'm a registered Republican and will never vote for Eddie Settle, but I bet he won't mention that at the next commissioners meeting.


Posted 6:53 pm, 05/26/2020

Maybe the OP was chest thumping because Eddie mentioned him in Commissioners meeting.


Posted 6:46 pm, 05/26/2020

So PowerBall has a grudge against that salon, I wondered why PB felt the need to make the public aware of the "price change" considering PB didn't use that salon in the first place.


Posted 6:41 pm, 05/26/2020

I talked to a client of Arlene &Friends and was told that the price for a hairdresser @ Arlene &Friends was the same as in February 2020.The OP is spreading Fake News.


Posted 6:33 pm, 05/26/2020

Been wanting to try that gravy and biscuit at the 50s. Burgers aren't bad though.


Posted 6:30 pm, 05/26/2020

I disagree with almost everything you post, but that, who don't miss The Little Dipper, I think I'd kill for a spicey chicken tender plate or an Astro burger.


Posted 6:26 pm, 05/26/2020

I have never eaten at 50's but once or twice in my life but it was good when I did. It is just to far out of the way and for years I had the Little Dipper. I really miss the Little Dipper.


Posted 6:22 pm, 05/26/2020

Had my first sit down meal at a restaurant since all this started, went to The 50's on Main Street Wilkesboro for breakfast, as usual breakfast was awesome. They had removed about half the tables, I think they have 7 tables for 4. I recommend the gravy and biscuit, scrambled eggs and crispy liver mush with black coffee, it'll put hair on your chest.


Posted 5:11 pm, 05/26/2020

This may have already been said, but right now they're only allowed 50% capacity. Same with restaurants.

That means that the owners and employees no longer qualify for unemployment or anything, but they can only see about half of their usual number of customers.

I agree that it sucks for them to raise their prices, but I can imagine that they don't exactly have a lot of choice in the matter.


Posted 12:12 pm, 05/26/2020

I agree...tips are especially important to waitstaff who rely on them for income.

~glitter and glamour~

Posted 6:40 pm, 05/25/2020

Posted 2:24 pm, 05/25/2020
I went to barber today, he's raised his prices and added $1 surcharge if you use a debit credit card, so my bill would have been $15, I gave him $40, why; because I consider him a friend and he's not been allowed to work for 10 weeks, couldn't draw unemployment and was denied a small business loan because he has zero employees.
If anyone needs a trim, Jerry Hudler behind Waggles in Wilkesboro, he's a good guy and does a good job.

Nice gesture...this is what it's all about. Plus, Hud's dad just passed away.


Posted 5:48 pm, 05/25/2020

I wonder if they will get more customers or less? Someone will offer a cut for less. Will their customers remember?


Posted 5:45 pm, 05/25/2020

It's just a public FYI....


Posted 5:44 pm, 05/25/2020

But $25 at a salon that you don't go to warrants a rant.


Posted 5:06 pm, 05/25/2020

Cowboy...I have no issue with a $15 cut.....that's what I pay and is a fair and responsible charge any day of the week.


Posted 4:50 pm, 05/25/2020

I don't know.....it was on amazon


Posted 4:50 pm, 05/25/2020

Link didn't work,

According to data obtained by the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Commission, consumers purchased more than $1 million more in liquor in March 2020, compared to years prior.

"People bought heavy," said Gregory Bradsher, the administrator for the Triad Municipal ABC Board. "When there is anything that creates something different in the environment, when people think they are going to be homebound for a period of time, they will sometimes buy a little bit more."
Bradsher said retails sales increased 17% in March. He cited what he believes was concern that the state-run liquor stores would close as part of the response to COVID-19 and the governor's stay at home order as the driving force behind the uptick in purchases.

Experts identified the first case of the novel coronavirus in North Carolina on March 3. The Triad began its first stay at home order weeks later, on March 27.

"Our sales increased by 17 percent in the month of March. Going into April it has sort of leveled out. That 17 percent consists of about $1.1 million more on our retail side of our business while losing a little bit less than $400,000 on our bar and restaurant business," Bradsher said.

According to data obtained from the state ABC, the Triad Municipal ABC Board reported $4,709,653 in retail sales in March 2020. In March 2019, the board reported $3,570,402 in retail sales, a nearly 32% increase.
In 2017, 2018 and 2019, retail sales in March spanned $3.1 million to $3.5 million.

"The most important thing is for the community to recognize that even though we are a governmental entity, we have to run it as a business and we run it as a business because our main objective is to make sure that we return money to the municipalities," Bradsher said.

A North Carolina state statute requires a portion of the profit to go back to the municipalities and counties the stores operate in.

"We really get granular when we do these budgets, so every revenue source means something to us," said Dudley Watts, county manager for Forsyth County.

Watts said the county is expecting the ABC sales to bring approximately $275,000 to the county's $450 million budget.

"Every dollar helps balance it," Watts said. "The biggest impact we have, as businesses have just shuttered, is really on the sales tax side. We're expecting about a $10 million hit to sales taxes and that budget is normally about $60 million in revenue."

Watts and his team are working to finish a proposed budget. Watts said they pushed the deadline back two weeks to allow for more time to adjust to the anomalies created by the pandemic.

"The budget process is challenging in normal years," Watts said. "I think the expectations in February, we were expecting a great budget, so we quickly changed gears and really are trying to implement austerity measures now."

Watts said the county has received federal funding in light of COVID-19 but that he is still trying to figure out how that money can be used.

Watts said the budget is slated to be presented to the board of commissioners May 28 with the goal of it being adopted by July 1.


Posted 4:46 pm, 05/25/2020


Posted 4:45 pm, 05/25/2020

Could be....they did hand sanitizer.

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