A local salon will unveil a new look after receiving a $60,000 loan from the city of Woodstock.
D&A Salon, 108 N. Benton St., will add new product lines, nail service, a color bar, more cutting stations and a designated workshop area when its expansion into an adjacent retail space is completed over the next month or so.
“We had no clients [when we opened]. We just had an idea, and we put it together, and not even a year later, we’re doubling in size,” said Darrin Flynn, who opened D&A with co-owner Alberto Perez last May.
With room next door to grow and high demand from clients, Flynn said the decision to tear down a wall and expand into the space formerly occupied by Diva’s Attic made sense.
“We’re really excited,” Flynn said. “We’ve been so supported by the community.”
The loan came from the city’s Revolving Loan Fund, which is used to lend money to businesses looking to locate or expand within Woodstock. The City Council approved the loan, which carries a 2 percent annual interest rate over five years, at its April 18 meeting.
Most of the additional 1,300 square feet will be dedicated to merchandise, including a mineral makeup line and other natural style and beauty products. The salon specializes in all-natural brands not typically available from other area retailers.
Other space will be used for demonstrations from product experts, a new addition to D&A’s offerings.
“We’re going to do a series where we have either national educators, global educators or the creators of the lines coming in and doing workshops,” Flynn said, where people can “hear, experience, use, try, play with the products and have their questions answered.”
The salon will hire more staff as a result of the expansion project, according to a City Council document.
Work already has started in the adjacent space — all of it being completed by Flynn, Perez and others who are willing to lend a hand — and it’s moving along swiftly. A soft opening is planned for early June, while a ribbon-cutting is set for Saturday, June 24.
“By having that separate space, it’s a very boutique-y environment … that will be a retail setting,” Flynn said. “We’re creating a lifestyle, and this is the beginning of it.”