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Las Vegas valley company reinvents itself to stay afloat as businesses get back to work

Posted at 12:46 PM, Jun 01, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas businesses are opening back up, but it's definitely not business as usual. A lot of changes are being made to help customers and employees feel safe. 13 Action News Anchor Tricia Kean looks at how one local company has transformed itself as residents get back to work.

NEED TO COMPLY

Opening for business has never sounded so sweet for Barbara Garcia-Grove and her husband.

"We knew we needed to comply and do what was best," said Barbara.

PROTECT CLIENTS & EMPLOYEES

They knew they'd be in for adjustments at Square Salon on Fort Apache and West Charleston.

"To protect the clients that are coming in. We want them to feel safe. As well as our employees. They are our main priority," said Barbara.

They turned to MT EXHIBITS, the local company designs and builds custom displays for conventions across the country.

FORCED TO SWITCH THINGS UP

"We set up the backgrounds. We bring in the freight. We set up the pipe and drape. My company would come in and set up the exhibits," said Al Molina, co-owner of MT EXHIBITS.

But just like everyone else, the pandemic forced them to switch things up.

"We had a great year last year. Our biggest quarter was coming up on the second quarter. [We had] big shows in Orlando, San Diego and they've all been canceled. We have shows in July now that have been canceled," said Al.

DIVIDERS TO SEPARATE PEOPLE

He says his daughter sparked an idea that kept him afloat.

"My daughter says dad, I have a friend who has a salon. She wants to put some dividers in there to separate people. Give them security and a sense of safety," said Al.

MT EXHIBITS is now working on bar dividers and partitions between couches for a Las Vegas club. Plus, they've installed their products in 16 valley salons, including Square Salon.

BARRIERS ARE SUCCESSFUL

"At the front desk we have dividers. It's a clear partition between the guest and the front desk. So that's really important... In the shampoo room, it's also divided as well," said Barbara.

She says the barriers have been a successful change, she believes will be around for a long time.

"I think the industry is going to change. The very first one we put in was a long time client and she Immediately said oh my gosh, can you leave these up permanently?" said Barbara.