Local businesses see increase in shoppers ahead of first day of school

Back to School

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Many parents in the area might have spent the day picking up last-minute school supplies or getting their little ones ready for school.

Local businesses have been busier than ever as many prepare to go back to the classroom.

A barbershop full of clients, and a store full of shoppers are some of the sights seen around Texoma as many prepare for that first day of school.

“So we’ve been quite a bit busier, we always get busier right before school. The summers kind of our slow time so we know that leading up the week before school we start getting extra help in here and getting prepared and we’re about three times busier than we have been,” barber Jessica Nelson said.

Across town at Regeneration Boutique, employees have also been busy with those shopping for stylish clothes ahead of the new school year.

“We have been busy with back-to-school shoppers. The community has been wonderful they’ve been so supportive from all the surrounding towns Holliday, Burkburnett, Iowa Park, everyone has come in and shopped and we are happy to help in any way we can with back to school,” employee Alaina Strickland said.

Both say they take pride in helping students of all ages feel ready to tackle another school year.

“My favorite part about being a barber is when I’m done cutting the hair and I show them the mirror the smile that they have,” Nelson said.

“We have a lot of senior girls come in and they get a lot of outfits for senior pictures and we really love to help with that. It’s a lot of fun and teachers, we have tons of stuff for teachers we really try to look for things that they can wear for back to school so it’s been really fun to watch everyone get ready and excited to go back to school,” Strickland said.

Strickland and Nelson say while they are sure children are excited to be back in person this year, they are glad to see their faces too.

“There’s so many of our kids we haven’t really seen all summer and we haven’t seen them a lot in a while because of all the COVID. So, it’s so good to see everybody again and see them back in here and see their faces. Actual faces instead of face masks,” Nelson said.

“We missed a lot of our customers we’re glad they feel comfortable coming in. It’s fun to be a part of that,” Strickland said.

These businesses plan and hope to stick around helping kids get ready for their first day for many school years to come.

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