Local vintage decor shop redesigns operations for a pandemic world

Local vintage decor shop redesigns operations for a pandemic world
Ariene Bethea, owner of Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio, is pictured inside her vintage home furnishings store on Sharon Amity Road. (MELISSA KEY/CBJ)

CHARLOTTE — Before March, Ariene Bethea’s vintage furniture boutique was often crowded with browsing customers. Today, social-distancing guidelines and the loss of everyday routines have created less foot traffic in her shop. 

“For a lot of people, I’m down the street from where they work or they would come by on their way to pick up their daughter from daycare,” Bethea said. “And so, I don’t have all of that traffic that I used to have from people just going about their normal day.” 

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Bethea, the owner of Dressing Rooms Interiors Studio, sells home decor and other furnishings at her shop. She also does interior design consultations.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, she’s found new ways to make her shop accessible to customers who are unable to visit in person, including increasing her online presence, divising a system for online sales and launching private appointments.

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