Hair stylist Cari Wilson

Vivid Hair Studio and Essence Esthetic Studio have joined forces in Golden

Two formerly home-based businesses, Vivid Hair Studio and Essence Esthetic Studio, have opened salons beside each other.

Hair stylist Cari Wilson, and esthetician Bayla Lunny have decided to share an office space, giving their clients a one-stop shopping experience for all their beauty treatments.

Essence Esthetic Studio and Vivid Hair Studio, formerly home-based businesses, are now located together at 917 10th Ave. N.

“We just thought it would be a good idea to bring it together, because I would send people to her, and she would send people to me, so we figured it would be easier if we just worked in the same building,” said Wilson.

“We were trying to wait until we got everything finished before we did a grand opening, it’s like a never-ending project here.”

Both Wilson and Lunny have been operating out of their home since 2010. Both are mothers and were looking for a flexible working environment.

“A lot of my old clients from when I was in town would say, ‘if you were in town I’d still come to you, but I don’t want to drive to the Blaeberry.’ So that was my big reason for moving into town,” said Wilson.

“Some people don’t like to go to the house in general, they’re more comfortable in a shop,” said Lunny.

The shop has officially been open since Jan. 8, but the girls will be hosting a grand opening on March 16.

“A lot of people don’t realize that we’ve moved to town yet. I thought everyone knew by now,” said Wilson. Both stores have seen an increase in walk-in customers, but they think it will improve even more once the word gets out.

“I think once we do the grand opening and have a bit more advertising, people will actually know that we’re here,” said Lunny.

Their grand opening is from 3 to 9 p.m. on March 16.

“We’re going to have lots of door prizes. We’re going to do specials, like if you book that day you’ll get 15 per cent off, stuff like that,” said Wilson. There will also be music and catering.

Vivid Hair and Essence Esthetic are also teaming up to offer special packages for anyone who may be interested in a different experience.

“We did our first Little Princess Package a few weeks ago. We rented out the salon for two hours, and we had eight little girls in for a party. We did their nails and their hair, we put in curls and little tiaras. And they just loved it,” said Lunny

“They looked so cute. That was a lot of fun. So we’re going to try to do more packages like that.”