Emergency financial relief for Tattoo Shops and Hair Salons in the Bay Area

Emergency financial relief for Tattoo Shops and Hair Salons in the Bay Area

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Since March 16, 2020, the public health emergency that is Covid 19 has forced the closure of all tattoo shops and hair salons in the Bay Area. Most of these small businesses are run by one or two owner/operators and employ a team of   independently licensed contractors who are paid by commission and taxed through a 1099-misc form. Our artisans are not considered employees under the rules for financial relief to small businesses. Therefore, local tattoo shop and salon owners are ineligible for financial relief under the PPP. 

 


We and our artists file our taxes under a schedule C and unemployment benefits are based on our net income, which after deductions, is usually very low in comparison to our adjusted gross income. We pay for our own health insurance, supplies, liability insurance, licensing, and marketing. Our artists and stylists depend on their shops being open to earn a living. We rent storefront retail space in the Bay Area in a very expensive rental market. Because there is no official moratorium on rent, we are at the mercy of our landlords, who themselves are eligible for mortgage forgiveness, but choose not to extend rent forgiveness to us, their tenants. We have continued to pay rent on these closed storefronts with no financial assistance from the federal, state, or local governments. Many of us have leases of 5 years or longer and are obligated by law to honor them to maintain our credit. 

 


Local grants that have been offered through our cities, just like the PPP, require at least 2 full time employees who receive a W-2 and so are also not available to us. Most of us applied for the EIDL as early as March 17th with no word from the SBA. We are writing to ask for rent grants that will reimburse us for the rent we have to pay while unable to earn a living. Because our businesses are regulated by the department of environmental health, it is illegal for us to work anywhere but the physical shop itself. Even if we are allowed to re-open by June, we will still have lost a minimum of three months rent and utilities with no income whatsoever. For most of us, recovery will be extremely slow and financially difficult. Responsible shop owners who honor their leases and support their contractors with their own personal savings are left out in the cold. 

 


Please consider carving out a modest grant fund or other form of financial relief to reimburse the business rent and utilities we shop owners have been paying since March 16,2020. The application should be available for licensed tattoo and salon business owners with contract labor only who can provide documented proof of rent and utilities payment. We are not asking for handouts. We are asking that the safety net for small businesses be extended to our unique industries for rent reimbursement and nothing more. We want to stay open so that, when it’s safe, our artisans can quickly get back to earning an income. Thank you.

 

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