By Robert Gehr
Photography: Robert Gehr
July 23, 2020 (El Cajon) -- On my walk this morning, I noticed two businesses in downtown El Cajon closed and nearly emptied of furnishings. Both Rock a Betties Beauty Salon and Thrill Seekers have closed these locations, with rent signs in the windows.
Thrill Seekers, a retail establishment at 164 East Main Street, still has a website. A second location at 1421 Woodside Ave. Suite C, Santee remains open for customers. The owner of Thrill Seekers told ECM's editor that relocating to Santee was not related to the pandemic and that his business is "doing just fine."
State and county mandated closures due to the COVID-19 epidemic may have played a role in the permanent loss of Rock A Betties Beauty Salon at 158 E. Main St. El Cajon, a long-time fixture in the community. The shop has has taken its website down and the phone is disconnected.
Salons were shut down for weeks, allowed to open only briefly before a new shutdown order again shuttered businesses in this sector. While the Governor’s order was just amended to allow barber shops and salons to move outdoors, Rock A Betties lacked adequate space to do so; moreover not all salon services can easily be moved outdoors, since treatments such as permanent waves or hair coloring require access to a sink.