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Charles Alan Salon hairstylist Denise Jette-Williams works on Jean Taliafero's hair at their new location on Fourth Avenue South in downtown Clinton.

Rachael Keating

CLINTON — Charles Alan Salon has moved to a downtown location with a plan to offer new services and expand business to new clients.

Jami Luett said she wanted to expand the services her salon offers in Clinton. She realized her building near Fareway just didn’t have room for her business to grow. Luett and her husband pondered the idea of where to move the salon, and finally decided they needed to move downtown. Luett opened her doors at 129 Fourth Ave. South on May 23.

“We decided we wanted to own a part of the old historic downtown,” Luett said.

Luett opened the first location in May 2012.

“It was always my dream to own a salon and the opportunity finally arose,” Luett said.

Her salon is different because she said it offers a “New York or Chicago feel.”

Luett said this is something Clinton didn’t have. As the salon’s business grew, Luett said, she decided she wanted Charles Alan Salon to offer more to clients.

“We were just limited with our space and our clients were asking for more from us,” Luett said.

The new salon has added pedicures, manicures, spray tanning, and there are plans to add a bridal room. Luett says the bridal room project is underway and should be finished in September.

She is hoping this room will set the salon apart, as it will be a private room for rent. Brides can use it in the morning of their “big day.” Services for that room will include hair styling and makeup as well as breakfast and mimosas.

In addition to these new services, Luett has more in the works. She is actively looking to hire a massage therapist and already has a room set up. There is another part of the building not in use just yet.

Luett said she has plans to utilize that space to create a spa in the next few years.

“Everyone had a part in the new salon. It wasn’t just me, everyone helped,” Luett said.

Luett and her team wanted to design their new salon much like the old. It still has a modern appeal. Luett went on to say she wanted to keep her “color bar” for the new salon. When you walk in, you can see this counter with salon style chairs in front, so customers can see their stylist mix up their hair color.

“The color bar is a Paul Mitchell trademark and we have a focus on Paul Mitchell products so we wanted to bring that with us here,” Luett said.

One major difference Luett says you can see is the space each stylist now has. She said there is much more room to move around in the new building, making the place feel more open.

Since the move, Luett and her team of eight said they have seen a lot of positive reaction and an increase of new customers.

“I was nervous about clients following us but that is a chance you have to take,” Luett said.

The decision seems to be well worth the risk as Luett says they are constantly seeing new faces in their downtown salon. Luett has been seeing a lot of clients utilizing the new services, too. She said the pedicure service is taking off the fastest.

“All the feedback we have gotten has been pretty positive,” Luett said.

Luett said she wasn’t sure what expectations she had for the new salon but she is glad with how it turned out.

“Everything has been exactly as I wanted it to be,” Luett said.

Luett’s goals for the future are to keep her business growing and keep clients happy. One way she is showing support and thanking clients was by having a pedicure special for the month of August.

The salon plans to have an official grand opening but hasn’t locked down a date just yet, as Luett wants to finish the bridal room first. She said she does plan to have it sometime this fall.

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