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Local businesses see positive signs in first days of reopening

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Phase I of the governor's Open Texas Plan officially launched Friday. In the first day of reopening, businesses in Lubbock are already seeing a rise in support to shop local.

And whether that means catching a movie or getting out of the house for some retail therapy, businesses are ready to continue serving our community after being shutdown since mid-March.

Stems by Benny Jackson has been operating in Lubbock for about a year an a half. After having to close his doors for several weeks, owner Benny Jackson says the first day of business gave him a positive outlook.

"I feel like this has awakened people to the importance of shopping local as much as possible," Jackson said.

Throughout the store, Jackson maintains sanitizing of high-touch surfaces and follows social distancing guidelines.

"I think we have a lot more control on keeping the credit card machine wiped down, keeping to doorknobs wiped down," he said. "Just we're so aware of any person that's in here unlike big box stores."

Stars & Stripes Drive-In was the first theater to reopen in Lubbock, but made some changes to keep movie-goers safe. 

Owner Ryan Smith has listed guidelines and rules for the theater on its website -- here.

Some of the biggest changes include no use of the dining area or restrooms and no double features.

"If you don't feel comfortable, either with the limited restroom use or the fact that we're not selling popcorn this first night, then we certainly understand that and we'd invite you to come back another time," Smith said.

Even purchasing tickets was designed with customer's health in mind.

"So we're encouraging people to buy advanced tickets to ensure their spot and have a contact-less experience at the box office," he said. "So you can literally roll up and we'll scan your phone. You can even have your window up and everything and we'll scan your phone and you go right into the theater."

Both businesses are respectful of those not ready to get out just get. Stems by Benny still offers curbside and delivery, while the drive-in hopes to fully open later this summer.

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