SOUTHINGTON — After five years at a chain salon, Heather Luther decided to start her own business.
Luther, who used to work at Great Clips, recently opened Chair 29 at 934 Queen St., a standalone building near the River Road intersection. The business offers haircuts, coloring and other services.
“I want to be an affordable salon for everyone,” Luther said.
Luther is joined by Mya Badillo, another five-year employee of Great Clips in the Walmart plaza further down Queen Street.
Badillo said clients from the former salon have started to find out about Chair 29.
“They’re all wondering where we are now,” she said.
Badillo has spent 15 years as a hairdresser and Luther has spent 10.
“We love cutting hair,” Badillo said.
Luther drove by the building and saw it was for lease. She was open within three weeks of signing a contract.
“We saw this place for lease and went for it,” she said.
“I didn’t expect to be open this soon,” Luther said. “I texted (Badillo) Friday, ‘We’re opening tomorrow.’”
The building was formerly the Envee Salon and Spa. Sherri Capaldo, who ran the salon, still owns the building.
Since it was already a salon, Luther said she didn’t have to do much to start up. The salon is full service and offers Redken and Verb products.
The salon has a loyalty card and has a 20 percent off deal until September for its opening.
The 29 in the salon’s name is a number with significance for Luther. Luther, her father and her brother were all born on the 29th of different months and it’s also her age.
“It’s a family number,” she said.