Local salon changes name, expands

June 21, 2002|by RICHARD BELISLE

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Meghan Huston looks across her new beauty salon and sees a lot that pleases her - four chairs, two sinks and three dryers.

"My old salon had one chair, one sink and one dryer," said Huston, 23.

Even the shop's name has changed - from Looks By Meghan to Looks By Meghan and Company, the company being her two recently-hired stylists, Megan Gallant and Heather Berger. A third stylist will come on board in late summer, Huston said.

Growing business at Looks By Meghan, the shop she opened at 53 S. Carlisle St. in September 2000, warranted a move to larger quarters.


"Business was so good that I was full all the time. I was turning people away," she said.

This month she moved her shop to a 2,000-square-foot rental space at 100 N. Carlisle St. and hired Gallant and Berger, promoting the name change to Meghan and Company.

Huston said she spent the month of May working double shifts.

"I worked all day on customers in the old shop and then I came here cleaning, painting and setting up until four in the morning," she said.

Huston grew up in Greencastle, graduated from Greencastle-Antrim High School and went on to the Empire Beauty School. She graduated from there in 1998 and worked in another local shop before striking out on her own two years later.

"I never really planned to have my own salon," she said.

The new shop has enough space for a dispensing room where colors and permanents are mixed, Huston said. There is a spa room where facials and nails are done. A spare room will be turned into space where glamor photos of customers who get makeovers can be taken.

"We'll do the before and after shots," she said. Two of her customers are professional photographers, she said.

Later this year she hopes to bring in a massage therapist.

Looks By Meghan and Company has one rule. "In most beauty salons once you get out of the chair and leave they start talking about you," Huston said.

"That doesn't happen here."

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