Another business recently opened in the Barkley Square Shopping Center.
Owner Renee Harrell is giving women another option to have someone style or cut their hair. Harrell’s Salon on the Square opened Tuesday between Lou Reda’s and Pizza Hut. Harrell said she and her husband had been talking about investing into a small local business for some time and decided to start a hair salon.
“We’re at a great location and we’re in between a lot of busy places,” Harrell said. “We’re hoping to get a lot of walk-ins.”
The family-run business will have Harrell running the marketing aspect and her sister, Angie Hodges, running the day-to-day operations as the salon manager. While Harrell lacks the experience as a hair stylist, Hodges has been a hair dresser for 20 years.
“I used to own a salon in Rocky Mount for seven years,” Hodges said. “I sold it and was working somewhere for the past four years. My sister brought this opportunity to the table and I agreed to come on board. I’ve got a great relationship with my sister and I look forward to working with her and hoping everything goes well.”
Right now, Salon on the Square consists of two more stylists beside Hodges. Audrey Sears has been doing hair for a little more than a year, while the veteran of the group is Nicole “Nikki” Robinson. She brings 32 years of experience to the salon, while also having run her own shop in the past in Pennsylvania. Harrell said Salon on the Square is looking to hire five more stylists, and those interested can come by the shop.
“We have stylists who all have great reputations and great clientele to help us build up,” Harrell said. “My goal is to hopefully fill all the available booths soon.”
Salon on the Square encourages women who are looking to get their hair done for special occasions such as weddings to come into the shop.
The store’s stylists specialize in doing perms, cuts, highlights, curls, straighteners, relaxers, weaves, blowouts, natural hair designs and color.
“We want to be a peaceful place where people can relax and get their hair done within an enjoyable experience,” Harrell said.