Kaitlin Rice, middle, celebrates the ribbon-cutting of her salon, The Artwork of Type Hair Studio, with the Marion Space Chamber of Commerce Sept. 24. Rice turned the brand new proprietor of the salon in March. (Picture: Marion Space Chamber of Commerce)
Kaitlin Rice’s dream wasn’t to turn out to be a hair stylist.
The 30-year-old Marion resident initially studied cosmetology at Tri-Rivers Profession Heart to assist pay her method by faculty. Nonetheless, whereas incomes her bachelor’s in psychology on the Ohio State College at Marion, Rice labored in a number of salons and fell in love with the craft.
“I strayed away from the business somewhat bit, however I all the time ended up coming again to hair,” she stated.
“I all the time really feel dangerous ‘trigger individuals say, ‘Oh my gosh, this should be your dream,’ and I hate to say it, however to start with, no it actually wasn’t.”
Now, Rice is taking her profession to the following stage by changing into the brand new proprietor of The Artwork of Type Hair Studio, situated at 1713 Marion-Mt. Gilead Highway. Rice took over the salon in March after the earlier proprietor retired. The Marion Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the salon Sept. 24.
Rice already knew the salon nicely, as she had labored there from 2011 till 2016.
“When he (the earlier proprietor) was able to promote, it was positively an choice on the desk for my husband and I,” she stated.
However solely 5 days after closing the deal, Rice needed to shut down the salon due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Artwork of Type reopened two months later with an appointment-only mannequin, then started permitting walk-ins in July. All workers members and prospects are required to put on a masks and observe social distancing. As well as, the ready room stays closed, so purchasers should wait of their automobiles till it’s time to get their hair executed.
Rice stated the salon did expertise some monetary hardships throughout the shutdown however obtained loads of consumer site visitors once they reopened. The stylist has seen greater than 300 purchasers since Could.
“The primary two months, we could not discover time inside our day to have lunch,” she stated. “After which, we did see a slowdown throughout the summer season months as individuals had been getting again out, simply being out of quarantine. Now, we’re beginning to see stage floor. I say we’re regular, we’re not overly busy.”
As the brand new proprietor of The Artwork of Type, Rice plans to rent a full workers of not less than 12 stylists. Presently, she has seven stylists and a receptionist and plans to rent two extra individuals quickly.
“I’m so excited to start this journey, and I could not have executed it with out the love and assist of my household and pals,” Rice stated in a information launch from the Chamber of Commerce. “COVID has made the street unsure at instances, however our superb workers and purchasers have actually made it greater than price it. We all know you’ve got numerous choices in Marion in your hair wants, so stepping by our doorways is invaluable to us. If you have not tried us, or have not tried us shortly, we invite you to allow us to maintain you. Thanks for procuring native, and supporting small enterprise. We plan to be right here serving your magnificence wants for a really very long time.”
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