Jennifer Hatcher, the owner and groomer at 3 Tails Parlor and Pantry in Shelbyville, has been swamped since Friday.
Hatcher and other dog groomers were allowed to re-open on May 1, per Governor Pritzker’s modified stay-at-home order.
Since re-opening Hatcher barely has time to answer the phone or return calls in-between grooming appointments.
“I have appointments booked for three weeks out,” Hatcher said. “That is as far as I have ever been.”
Pete and Laura Vitale, owners of Joe’s Pizza down the block, had just dropped off their dogs for grooming.
“We don’t have regular schedules for grooming, but it had been a while,” Laura Vitale said. “I bet a lot of dog owners are glad she is open again. She’s really good.”
In addition to dogs overdo for grooming, Hatchet said that another groomer in town closed, making it even busier for 3 Tails.
Ariel Short, Director of the Greater Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce, said that 3 Tail is the only business in town that she knows of that has been allowed to reopen since the modified stay-at-home order went into effect on Friday.
The other businesses are still operating as before or not at all.