Economic woes trickling down to locally-owned businesses

By: Ashley Jeffery Email
By: Ashley Jeffery Email

News 12 @ 6 o'clock -- October 13, 2008

NORTH AUGUSTA -- Lisa Williams spends her days cutting and trimming hair at her salon, but with fewer clients coming in because of the economy; her days in the salon could soon be over.

"You'd usually be busy from the time you get here to the time you leave, but now, we just leave and come back to get errands done because we aren't having any clients," said Lisa Williams, owner of Designing Women: Unlimited Styles Salon.

Lisa says the problems with the economy have caused her to turn off the tanning beds and cut back on everything else.

"There's no use in staying here and running electricity just to pay bills we ain't making no money on," said Williams.

Lisa's not the only one dealing with the cuts.

"A lot of cab drivers have quit," said James Ramsey, Jr.

James Ramsey runs the super cab company and he says the economy has put more than a strain on business.

"The gas prices, oh man, you can put thirty dollars worth of gas and shucks, you don't get but what? Eight gallons?" said Ramsey.

James says his company cut back on drivers so much, he's now the only driver.

"It's hard to fight a mountain, but you stay there and you fight," said Ramsey.

An idea that Lisa can agree on.

"Well, I just pray I just keep on being here. Day by day, I just pray we can open up," said Williams.

A prayer she hopes can be answered before it's too late. Lisa says she hopes the economy takes a turn for the better so that her customers come back and she can keep her doors open. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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