Downtown Parsons will look a little different after two new businesses open and another relocates soon.
Ashley Heady plans to open A & Company Salon at 115 S. 18th St. on Sept. 3, just a few days after The Mix Barber Shop and Salon closes at 1724 Main St. Three other hair stylists at The Mix will join Heady at A & Company, while the two barbers at The Mix will move to 1817 Crawford Ave.
John and Halee Fuentez, owners of The Mix, plan to sell their building to Brad and Jessica Rush, who eventually will open Gia Rose Boutique.
John Fuentez said Heady had talked about opening her own salon, and the Fuentezes thought the time was right to sell their building, so Halee Fuentez, a stylist at The Mix, agreed to move her booth into A & Co., with John Fuentez and fellow barber Josh Gatton moving to a new location. The Fuentezes live in the apartment above The Mix but were wanting to move into a house, so that helped them make the decision to sell the building.
Heady said after being in the beauty business for 10 years, she thought the time was right to start her own salon.
“I felt it was a good time for me to do something greater. I wanted to give the people of Parsons a fun, comfortable, inviting atmosphere to get their beauty services done,” she said.
After finishing cosmetology school, Heady and her husband, Aaron, moved to northern Iowa, where she was a stylist for four years. They lived in Germany for a couple of years after Aaron Heady’s job transfer, and then they moved back to Iowa, where Heady was a stylist for a couple of years before the couple moved back to Parsons. Heady has worked at The Mix since then, and the couple don’t plan to move again.
“We plan on being here for a long time,” Heady said.
Besides Fuentez, The Mix stylists Melissa Delich and Brenda Yarnell will join Heady at A & Company. Delich and Yarnell have over 20 years of experience and Fuentez over 15 years. Esthetician Cameron Lay, a recent graduate of Eric Fisher Academy, Wichita, will join the crew when A & Company opens, and KyLee Wagner, a graduate of cosmetology at Independence Community College, will start as a stylist in December.
A & Company’s goal is to deliver customized styles to its clientele. With techniques and looks always evolving, Heady said the stylists attend continuing education classes and shows.
The salon will specialize in multidimensional color techniques, precision haircuts, facial waxing and special occasion styles. Esthetic services will include custom facials, full-body waxing, eyelash extensions and special event makeup.
The salon is planning a grand opening for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 with product and service giveaways.
The Rushes, who plan to buy the Fuentezes’ building to open Gia Rose, already own the building where A & Company will open. They bought it from Peggy Weidert earlier this year. The Rushes recently renovated the A & Company building, opening up the space by knocking out walls and installing new flooring, sinks and light fixtures along with other work.
While A & Company will be getting up and running, Fuentez and Gatton should already be at work in their new shop. Fuentez said they plan to move to the building that is now the location of Bargain Bin about a week earlier.
Braden Lett is leasing the space on Crawford from Trinity Davis, owner of the building and of The Laundry Lounge, which is located next to Bargain Bin. Lett said he has closed Bargain Bin but continues to sell products online. He plans to use the back of the store for warehousing, with The Mix moving into the front of the store. Lett said he and Fuentez are working on the details of the arrangement, but he has started making improvements to accommodate the barber shop.
Jessica Rush said she plans to announce the opening date for Gia Rose soon. The date likely will be near the end of September.