By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
Glam Salon and Boutique in Fairmont is helping people feel good about themselves.
Owner Joyce Wilson’s store opened for business at 309 Cleveland Ave., Suite 101, across from Huntington Bank, on Nov. 9.
Wilson provides hair services like cutting, styling, perming, coloring and highlighting, and sells products for all types of hair. The shop offers tanning, full body waxing, ear piercing, facials, and mint therapy for the cold weather.
“I really do everything but nails,” she said.
Customers can also find pashmina scarves, tote bags, lip gloss and sunglasses at the store. Wilson is an independent distributor of Premier Designs jewelry and a teen line of jewelry is available as well, both with lifetime guarantees.
In addition, Glam Salon and Boutique carries a special weight-management system called ViSalus. Wilson said the diet shakes taste great, and she keeps samples ready for people to try.
Wilson, a lifelong resident of Marion County, graduated from Clarksburg Beauty Academy nearly 20 years ago. She worked with the company Chicago 29 Inc. for 12 years, starting as as a hair stylist and then moving up to assistant manager, manager and recruiter.
After marrying her husband, the late Daniel Wilson Jr., she decided to get out of the industry so she could take care of their children. Daniel passed away in May of this year after a long battle with lung disease. They had been married for 10 years.
Joyce said her husband was an employee of Raymond’s Exxon on Jackson Street for more than 30 years, and always worked hard and was a great father to their kids. Daniel encouraged her to pursue her dreams, which is why she decided to get back into cutting hair and start her own business.
“He wanted me to strive at whatever I did,” she said.
She believes her husband would be proud to see her operating Glam Salon and Boutique, which she called a “little hometown place.”
Wilson and her cousin Latisha Kile, who helps out with the business, spent two months remodeling the space on Cleveland Avenue, which had been empty for a while. They added a partition for tanning and gave the store a nice red and gold color scheme.
Salons in general have changed over the years, because people want to do more than just get their hair done at these places, she said. Her goal at her new business is to feature unique items and give customers the best prices in town.
“I’m trying to be more economical in terms of pricing,” Wilson said. “It’s the right prices for people to come in.”
Any type of men’s hair cut is only $5.
Wilson doesn’t want people to have to leave Fairmont to get their needs met. She said she loves fashion and enjoys talking with her customers.
“I’m a people person,” she said.
Glam Salon and Boutique will hold a Christmas open house on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Every 10th customer will receive a door prize.
The business is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 304-629-2625.
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