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The Beauty Shop brings backyard attraction to diners

The Cooper-Young restaurant, the Beauty Shop, is now offering geodesic domes for dining.

MEMPHIS, Tenn — It’s been six months since Shelby County reported its first coronavirus case.   

Ever since the pandemic began, restaurants have transformed their dining experience to meet new regulations.   

One midtown restaurant has some unique dining that’s become a signature of the eatery.   

If you travel to Cooper-Young and walk through the Beauty Shop restaurant, you’ll find something that immediately sticks out - two geodesic domes for customers to dine-in.   

“Those domes were not bought for the pandemic,” said owner and executive chef Karen Carrier. “I opened a new space for the Beauty Shop last October called Back Do/ Mi Yard, which in Jamaican means my yard and in Memphis it means back door.” 

Carrier said she purchased the domes last fall as part of a “Jamaican oasis” for the winter with heaters inside.   

Carrier commented that this was the perfect thing she bought before the pandemic hit. She was inspired by similar domes in New York.   

“They’re in London, they’re in New York, they’re in Amsterdam. They’re all over the place.”  

But with the coronavirus came changes.   

“Who would have thought this pandemic came around in March, and I was just like, I’m going to put air conditioners in them,” said Carrier.  

Now the domes have become an attraction for guests.   

“They love them. They’re booked up two weeks in advance.”