Dallas Salon owner Shelley Luther expected to be arrested for opening her store Wednesday. But customers came and went as police and supporters watched.

Shelley Luther opened her Far North Dallas salon on Wednesday morning expecting to be arrested.

Neither the state nor Dallas County consider salons essential during the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, Luther operated Salon a la Mode like she normally would. As of Wednesday afternoon, with a group of supporters on hand, customers in the store and Dallas police officers watching, Luther hadn’t been taken to jail.

Luther tore up a cease and desist letter Saturday from Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins at a rally in Frisco and ignored a temporary restraining order signed Tuesday by state District Judge Eric Moyé. Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing some businesses to reopen Friday with 25% capacity but salons aren’t yet included.

“I will do everything I can to keep the shop open because I’m not closing the store,” Luther said. “If they arrest me, I have someone that will keep the store open because it’s our right to keep the store open, and it’s a right for those women to earn income for their family. And if anyone has anything to say about that, there’s something wrong with you.”

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