The light at the end of the lockdown tunnel is getting brighter for many local businesses who are looking forward to transitioning back to work.
Only opening their new business Calare Skin & Beauty a few months before lockdown started, Charlotte Jeffery and Natalie Hodges are looking forward to seeing their clients again.
"We're very excited. We've actually been quite lucky because we do quite a bit of retail so we just did lots of contactless deliveries throughout COVID," Ms Jeffery said.
"So what we're probably most excited about is we've been in contact with our clients on the phone but we just want to see them ... interact with them again and have that personal contact as opposed to all over the phone."
Calare Skin & Beauty offered do-it-yourself packages for their clients, with the facial and pedicure kits proving most popular.
Ms Jeffery said they wanted to provide for their clients what they were missing and meet their needs as much as possible as they couldn't perform treatments.
Providing DIY kits also helped the newly-established business to keep the wheels turning while they weren't able to trade and proved popular after many people complained of skin issues.
Some people were working from home with the heater on more and others weren't working at all, finding themselves outside more than usual which all led to skin difficulties.
"Everyone's skin changed because everyone's lives changed," Ms Jeffery said.
"We had a lot of support which was extremely overwhelming for being so new and it definitely kept us afloat.
"It was really nice to just be able to work ... it was really nice to have something to keep us going everyday and give us a bit of purpose for the business instead of just shutting the doors."
Ms Jeffery and Ms Hodges have three-month, six-month and 12-month goals that they still hope to reach and are looking forward to getting back on track to achieving their plans.
They are very thankful to the loyal clientele they have built up in such a short period of time and are "itching to open the doors" when restrictions ease next week.
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