Salon merger offers new business highlights |

Salon merger offers new business highlights

Andy Bockelman

Recent changes in two Craig businesses may have patrons concerned about whether their favorite hair and beauty outlet will still be what they remember.

But, anyone worried can rest easy as the combination of the two will offer the best of both worlds.

Starting Tuesday, Stylz Fifth Avenue will officially be operating out of a new location at 19 W. Victory Way, the former premises of Mally J’s Salon. Stylz owner Sherrie Knez recently purchased the business from niece Mallory Johnston, who is taking time off from work to focus on family.

“Everything’s staying pretty much the same,” Knez said. “The girls that were working for her will be working for me, it’s just under new ownership.”

Knez has been planning the shift from her location at 535 Yampa Ave. for about a month, during which both businesses were operating in conjunction in separate spots.

“I’ve had people working over here and over there, so it’s been really hard keeping things going,” she said.

Now that the two are combined, features like the building’s loft space offers potential Knez didn’t have in her former location.

“We have tanning beds now because that’s what Mally J’s had, and we’ll just have a lot more stylists now, so it’ll be easier to take walk-ins,” she said.

Knez said she intends to have at least five stylists on staff. She works as a nail tech and plans to have another available so they can alternate shifts.

For the near future, Knez said she wants to get established in the space and concentrate on the two sets of clients, though she hopes to have a grand opening/customer appreciation day event in May.

“We’re going to be doing a makeover contest sometime, which should be pretty exciting,” she said. “I also want to offer more stuff like waxing and facials, things like that.”

For more information about Stylz or to make an appointment, call 824-0341.

Easter goodies abound at downtown gift shop

Spring is a time of rebirth, and as the favorite holiday of the season comes closer on the calendar, so does the chance for locally-owned businesses to see more foot traffic.

And, part of that flow comes from people looking to celebrate the time of year with a new look in their homes.

Get in the Easter spirit by paying a visit to The Giving Tree, 525 Yampa Ave. The local gift shop is well-stocked with items commemorating the holiday, such as jewelry, decorations, knick-knacks and the like.

Owner Liz Davis said her favorite selections have one feature in common: long ears. Stuffed bunnies, pastel bunnies and hand-blown glass Easter eggs with chicks and rabbits are just a few of the selections available showcasing the animal associated with the holiday.

“I just love bunnies, and a lot of these things you could spread them around your house and they’d just be cute whenever,” she said.

Items specifically for Easter aren’t all Davis offers, with much of her inventory centered on the celebration of spring in general.

“I’ve got things like stuffed lambs that are really darling, and shelf-sitters that people will really like,” she said. “Spring flowers are all around, and when it starts greening up and it’s not blowing wind a thousand miles an hour, that’s the time people start looking forward to.”

Davis said the move from winter whiteness to the more verdant months is a prime time for downtown shops like hers to get customers hoping to get out and about in the sunny weather and perform the task of spring cleaning by sprucing up their homes with “bright, cheerful things” that are both lovely to look at and from the heart.

“The local businesses here always get different and new things,” she said. “One of my customers was just saying she likes to buy gifts from me because then people know she cares more than if she got something from a big box store.”

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