Local vintage decor shop redesigns operations for a pandemic world

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. 

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“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.” 

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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