Clemson organization operator overcame obstacles, but perhaps not pandemic

It took decades for Nekita Sullivan’s aspiration of owning a multi-ethnic splendor salon in Clemson to come to be a reality. 

She conquered the systemic obstacles that make it more difficult for women of all ages, particularly Black girls, to open a smaller business enterprise. She conquered land rates in Clemson, which are a premium in the downtown corridor. She conquered her own fears about currently being one of the only Black gals enterprise house owners in Clemson, where the South’s legacy of racism lingers. 

But she has not conquered COVID-19, which forced Butterfly Eco Magnificence Bar to close one month just after its grand opening, Sullivan instructed The Greenville Information about the summertime, when she 1st shared her tale. 

Nekita Sullivan, owner of Butterfly Eco Beauty Bar in Clemson, Friday, August 14, 2020. Sullivan opened her salon in February before being forced to close down in March due to COVID-19.

In the 3 months given that, Butterfly Eco has remained closed, opening only for pop-up stores for community business people and so Sullivan, a qualified bodily therapist and yoga teacher, could educate virtual yoga classes. 

She made the decision to promote her home, which she was renting out for more earnings, to obtain a lot more fairness to pay back the salon’s hire. She’s had to ask her mothers and fathers for revenue.