Estevan will see a new beauty salon welcoming clients on Dec. 1.
Meagan Roy purchased what currently operates under the name of Studio 11. She plans to name the new place Blonde Beauty Lounge, and that will be just the tip of the iceberg of exciting changes coming their way.
In the interview with the Mercury, Roy said the community can expect new services and a new design coming within the next few months.
Roy will bring in a rich and high-quality experience. For the past 15 years, she has been teaching a hairstylist program at Southeast College. While Roy resides in Estevan, the program is offered through the Weyburn campus. The commute was one of the reasons for her to seek some new opportunities.
"I decided I needed a change. I was sick of driving two hours every day. So last November I went to Vicki (Holinaty, the current owner of Studio 11). The salon wasn't for sale, but I went to her and asked her if she'd sell it to me. And she said, 'Yes,' and rest is history," recalled Roy.
She used to own a salon in Souris, Man., in 2002, which will also be handy in running a business.
It took Roy about a year to set everything with the new business and she also didn't want to leave her students halfway to graduation. The last classes were over in October, and now she is finally opening her own salon.
Roy plans to spend a lot of time at work, doing women's and men's cuts and much more.
"I'm in the salon four days a week doing colours, cuts, waxing, makeup. And men too, I do quite a bit of man cuts. I want to focus not only on women, but I want this salon to be for men," Roy said.
Besides cuts, colours and waxing, the salon will offer sugaring and will have lush and makeup artist. Roy also plans to provide barber services, and possibly bring in an aesthetician or nail technician.
Currently, there are five employees, but the family may grow in the future as there are eight chairs available. The new Blonde Beauty Lounge will temporarily close from Dec. 23 until Jan. 5 for a complete renovation.
"I'm building an extra room, and it's going to be really modern and funky," Roy said.
Roy thought about a lot of names and found Blonde Beauty Lounge fitting, especially since most of the employees, including Roy herself, are blonde.
"I love doing blonde, and I'm a blonde so I thought it fits," Roy said.
To book an appointment or get more information on services available, people can call 306-634-6347.
"I look forward to having new and old customers in my chair," Roy said.