ASHLAND -- On Saturday, the sun came out for Ohio's reopening, bringing along delightful weather and temperatures above 70 degrees.
It seemed like the ideal day for individuals to take advantage of the weather, to set out for a day of downtown shopping at some local businesses and fulfill any errands they've been longing to accomplish in the past weeks.
However, the day proved to be a slow start for some locally-owned businesses on Ashland's Main Street as downtown still seemed far-off from its usual weekend bustle.
Perhaps the weather was too nice, the store manager at Kelley's Vinyl Record Shop pondered. She attributed the recent lack of business to community members taking advantage of the warmth and working outside.
The downtown shop reopened its doors on May 12 for customers. The store's manager said business has remained steady since.
Rumours, a gift shop on Main Street, experienced little foot-traffic over the weekend, but co-owner Lisa Heath remained optimistic.
“It’s been a slow start, but the day's not over yet," Heath said. “We’ve had quite a few people come in today to buy masks.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the gift shop has been selling homemade masks for the community in various designs.
Nearby, Ashland Bike Company saw some action. On Saturday, staff could be seen assisting some teenagers with mechanical adjustments on their bicycles.
On a sunny day, Priceless Treats on Main Street would normally be busy selling frozen treats to cool down patrons as they shopped downtown. However, it seemed the majority of community members were staying away from public locations.
The employees at Priceless Treats said they typically experience a slower week after a holiday. Perhaps Mother's Day on May 10, contributed to a slow business week downtown.
Re-openings will continue in Ashland this week. Restaurants could resume outdoor dining May 15 and are permitted to open for indoor seating on May 21.