DORCHESTER town center has suffered another blow following the loss of a popular independent business – a beauty salon and spa – on the high street.
Medusa Apothecary in High East Street has closed for good in what is the city’s latest success in light of the challenges facing businesses during the pandemic.
Following the permanent closure of the hair and beauty salon and spa, Dorchester Mayor Gareth Jones says while he doesn’t know for sure, he expects the impacts of Covid-19 to have played their part in closing the show and it’s always sad to see a business go.
Cllr Jones said: ‘It’s been a successful business so far and it’s always a shame to lose a business and in this case probably because of Covid.
“People are hesitant to go out and engage in personal services and go out in person.
“Dorchester is lucky because it’s not as badly hit as other places, but it’s always sad to see a business disappear.
“The loss of a business can sometimes undermine confidence in an area.”
Previously, Medusa was crowned winner of Britain’s Best Small Shops competition in the health and beauty category – organized by the Telegraph Magazine.
However, the business said it would close earlier this month after informing customers that scheduled appointments would be cancelled.
Looking to the future, Cllr Jones, says he would like to see another independent business set up on the site next to All Saints Church in Dorchester.
Cllr Jones continued: ‘I would love to see an independent back there as they are usually concerned with the supply chain more locally and just like the owners and employees especially more than the national companies where the profits are then shared among shareholders further afield. a field.
‘I imagine the building is owned by a company who will know what local rates and appropriate prices are, unlike a London company who may be happy to sit on an empty property for a while.’
The mayor of the capital added that he wished the owners good luck in their next venture, whatever it may be.
Dorchester BID has also been contacted for comments regarding the company’s closure, along with Medusa Apothecary.