The economic effects of COVID-19 in the country have been largely crippling and disruptive. Promising small-medium scale businesses and entrepreneurs have had to shut their activities in the last couple of months due to the pandemic.
In a bid to give back and positively impact the community during these hard times, Granite Outlet Kitchen and Bath Design Studio’s Corporate social responsibility to combat COVID-19 was targeted at refurbishing Shannon’s shop.
Basin Shannon, a barber in Laurel, is one of those small business owners that were adversely affected when the pandemic started. He had to close down his shop in March due to the pandemic. His employees were unable to resume with him when the shop reopened four months later, making him the only worker in the shop.
He would have, however, been able to pull through the heap of responsibility if the unprecedented incident hadn’t happened to him in August. He was involved in a motorcycle accident that impaired his right leg and hand. This occurrence led to the closure of his shop since then.
Granite Outlet decided to light up Shannon’s spirit by totally changing the face of his shop at a no-cost opportunity during his recovery phase. Shannon expressed his utter surprise and how happy he was when the demolition crew started work on October 30th. He was positive that this was the beginning of a fresh start.
The Company’s decision to help Shannon was influenced by his genuine act of kindness. Shannon has been hosting free haircuts for students before the beginning of the school year for the past 10 years and has hosted customer appreciation days during Laurel’s Main Street Festival.
As a Remodeling professional with over 20,000 remodeled homes in our portfolio in the last 18 years, our unanimous decision to help renovate his shop is just a way of sharing love and giving hope in this unprecedented period.
All the supplies used were single-handedly donated by Granite Outlet, from the flooring, cabinets and counter tops, to the time for the design, demolition and installation.
The renovation which started in late October 2020 should be completed before mid-January 2021, so Shannon would begin work before January ends.
Granite Outlet is hopeful that the new look given to the shop will attract new clientele when Shannon finally opens.
Before & After Images will be shared in Part 2.