Installing an ozone generator and a wardrobe to disinfect the garments that clients try on and do not buy is the initiative that a small clothing store in Valencia has adopted so that, when it reopens this Monday by appointment, the customers come calm and without fear of getting coronavirus.
“It is about demonstrating that the store is perfectly clean, that the clients have the total security that the clothes they are trying have not been tried by someone else a while before and that there is no problem,” Carmen Campos explains to EFE. owner of Entre Costura, a neighborhood store of about 25 square meters.
Carmen claims that small businesses have a “small advantage” in this health crisis, since she sees “very complicated, if not impossible”, that in large stores it is possible to monitor whether people touch the clothes, even if they are not reached Approve. “Control cannot be the same,” he says.
When you lift the shutter of your store again, which is five years old this week and where you can find women’s fashion and accessories for Spanish and Valencian brands, a sign will warn that the maximum capacity will be one person, because here ” people don’t stand at the counter, they look from rack to rack and it’s easy to cross. “
In addition to cleaning the premises thoroughly, replacing the curtain of the fitting room with a paraban, removing carpets and acquiring gloves, hydro-alcoholic gel and masks in case someone arrives without them, Carmen has bought an ozone generator and a cloth closet that she has placed next to the fitting room, where the clothes that the clients try on but do not take will go.
The ozonator will be set to low power during the day, but once the store closes it will leave it running at a higher intensity so that all those clothes are disinfected and virus-free, ready to return to the coat racks and be put on sale again .
But in addition to selling clothes and accessories, Carmen is an artisan hatmaker: she makes pamelas and headdresses entirely by hand, which at least before the pandemic were sold a lot for first communions and weddings – she has also sold to England or the United States online – and they accounted for half of the establishment’s sales between April and October.
“I had many already finished for weddings in April, May and June, but the celebrations have been canceled and I have kept them, it does not seem right to force them to take them,” says the artisan, who predicts that this year “will not to be the same, far from it “, because the events are” very stopped “.
He explains that, for example, last year in September, which is usually “a bad month” because people come back from vacation, it’s hot and they still don’t buy winter clothes, they were able to pay for the store expenses thanks to the hat shop, And he highlights that, although he sells something online, it is usual for people to go to the store “and try forty models” to see how they fit.
Despite everything, Carmen hopes that when she can reopen normally “I hope there is a queue to enter” in this establishment in Benimaclet. Some client has already called him to tell him “that the clothes do not fit” and also, being a neighborhood store, “the deal is very close” and has received “many calls and messages asking how everything was going and saying they wanted to come. ”