TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One Tallahassee nurse recently left the field to focus full-time on her business, Bumblebee Waxing and More, until the coronavirus pandemic forced her to close the doors.
Amber Swartz has been a nurse since 2008, opened Bumblebee Waxing and More in Tallahassee in 2011, and for the last four years, has focused solely on her business.
"It's where my hearts at," said Swartz.
Her heart experienced some aching when Bumblebee had to shut it's doors last week.
"We were there for so many people, to bring some normalcy in their day and leave feeling refreshed," Swartz said. "To not be able to continue to provide that for them was heartbreaking."
Heartbreak that resonates on two levels. Bumblebee just completed an expansion.
"We, just last week, finished final inspection," said Swartz.
Now Swartz is trying to find a tenant for the adjoining building.
"We can only control what we can control and deal with it moment to moment," Swartz said. "We met payroll for this upcoming payroll date, and I'm going to do everything I can to keep us as a team for as long as possible."
Through the struggles there is some light. Her clients keep her going.
"I guess you reap what you sow," Swartz said.
Online orders have increased, clients are still paying for services, and for that, she's thankful.
"I'll never forget it. I'll never forget the feeling of my heart wanting to burst with gratitude and not fear or sorrow."
Gratitude that's straight from the heart.
Amber said being a nurse prepared her business for this pandemic.
"Viruses are smarter than us."
She said her license is still active, and if the need arose in Tallahassee, she would help.