AUSTIN, Texas — As Texas retailers prepare to offer to-go orders on Friday, for some shop owners, this will be the first time they've generated any revenue in weeks.
Costumes have hung untouched inside of Austin staple Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds for the past month, as life on South Congress came to a screeching halt.
"Because we do consider ourself as part of the older Austin culture, we need customers and Austin locals to support us in any way that they can," said manager Jerry Durham.
Starting on Friday morning, Durham said eight employees will come in, show that they aren't running a fever, and start taking orders via email and phone.
"I would say best-case scenario over the week we can have maybe a dozen, half dozen transactions a day," said Durham.
Taking baby steps, each retail store across Texas will be opening at its own pace.
"We just don't want to be the reason for someone getting sick, so we're willing to take some extra precautions," said Kana Harris, co-owner of Bluebonnet Records.
Bluebonnet Records, located in Downtown Lockhart, isn't allowing just anyone to drive up for a record to-go. Workers will be hand-delivering orders for Lockhart locals only, and encourage everyone else to have it shipped online.
"We're encouraging people to support us that way, especially if you're in the Round Rock, San Marcos, New Braunfels area. Shipping only takes a couple of days," said Cody Kimbell, co-owner of Bluebonnet Records.
Open for a little over a year, overcome with emotion, they're just grateful for local customers.
"It really does matter," said Harris, as she fought back tears. "If someone spends $60, it can make a difference."
Retailers are required to follow certain rules when they open their doors for to-go orders.
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