Vicki Kay?s Salon opened its doors for customers July 13 in Marion.
?I decided to open this salon because I?m going to have a senior and kindergartner, and I?m going to be here a long time,? said owner Vicki Kay Williams.
Williams said she obtained a small business loan through Marion County?s Micro-Loan Program. The loan is administered by the Southern Central Kansas Economic Development District.
With the loan, Williams purchased start-up equipment, inventory and advertising for her new shop.
?There?s new flooring and carpet, track and makeup lighting, and all new equipment,? Williams said about remodeling the interior for her full-service salon at 420 E. Main.
Williams expressed her appreciation for several local residents who have supported her new venture.
Bruce and Belinda Skiles own the building where her shop is located.
?He is the No. 1 landlord ever,? she said about Bruce?s help in getting the facilities ready.
Jim Versch, who teaches at Marion High School, designed her logo on the front window.
?It?s one-of-a-kind,? Williams said about the artwork. ?Nobody else has it.?
Williams, who has been doing hair for 20 years, graduated from Marion High School in 1990.
?This is my hometown, where I grew up,? she said.
Williams studied cosmetology at Vernon?s Kansas School of Cosmetology in Wichita and has worked in salons in Wichita, McPherson and Marion. She previously owned a salon when her two oldest boys were young.
Williams has four children, sons Blake, 17, Seth, 14, and Quade, 5, and daughter Falon, 11.
?Working for myself gives me the flexibility I need (with raising four children),? said Williams, adding she?s been ?happily married? to husband Michael for seven years.
Williams especially enjoys working with her clients.
?I love the people and I like making people feel good,? she said. ?When they?re happy, I?m happy. That?s really gratifying to me.?
Appointments for haircuts, colors and weaves can be made with Williams and two other stylists, Debbie Willingham and Cheryl Ray, who are renting booths at the salon.
Appoint?ments are available Monday through Saturday by calling the salon at 620-382-3500. Willing?ham can also be reached at 620-755-3121.
Ray, Williams? mother, also gives pedicures and manicures.
A retired registered nurse, Ray said she worked as a licensed cosmetologist before getting her LPN and RN degrees.
?They had to get my (cosmetologist) license out of the basement in Topeka,? she said with a laugh.
Ray said with her medical background, she is qualified to perform pedicures on those with diabetes.
Other salon services include waxing and ear piercing, Williams said, adding that a friend will have jewelry available for purchase.
?You name it, we do it,? Williams said.
The salon will carry Matrix and Redken products.
?Those are my favorites,? she said. ?But I can get anything? I can order it and have it.?
Williams said soon she will offer several special features, including Keratin tipped hair extensions that are bonded?not glued? about a half inch from the scalp.
?They will last until you take them out,? she said about the extensions, which are 100 percent human hair.
This particular process allows the hair to move freely. Some choose the technique to add length or volume to their natural hair. The price varies because the process is customized to the client?s needs, she said.
Another feature available soon is Norvell spray tanning, an alternative to tanning beds and sunbathing.
?It?s completely safe for the skin ? no UV (ultra-violet) rays,? Williams said.
Spray-tanning applications last from seven to 14 days, she said, adding the cost is about $20.
Williams said she plans to run specials and offer wedding packages that include pedicures, manicures, hair, makeup and spray tanning.
Services for weddings can be provided at her shop or at another location.
?I just want people to know they can come in here?relax and enjoy themselves?be pampered.?