1/29/2013 10:00:00 PM Hairstylist makes the cut on her own
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily Courier Laura Weedon, left, recently opened Era Salon and Spa in downtown Prescott. Cheryl Henry, Hannah Van Tuyl, Cheryle Hargett and Nichole Aguilera work at Era.
Ken Hedler The Daily Courier
For Laura Weedon, it's the start of a new era.
The stylist said it took her an "era" to strike out on her own, hence the name of her new shop.
Weedon, a native Prescottonian, opened Era - A Salon and Spa at 515 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, after working for "quite a few" salons over the past decade. Over that time, she became certified in color from Goldwell and Paul Mitchell beauty schools.
She said she decided to open her own salon because she wanted a place "where women could truly be independent contractors. I just wanted to give opportunities to other like-minded people."
Other salons, she said, micromanage independent contractors who rent workstations in salons.
"They say you are independent, but they expect you to work certain hours," she said.
Since opening in June 2012, Weedon has recruited seven other hairstylists and a nail technician who doubles as a reflexologist, performing foot and hand massages. Two of the women are aestheticians; and another is on call as a massage therapist.
The salon is working out "just like I thought," Weedon said, adding Era serves as a "one-stop shop" for a variety of services that include haircuts, waxing, facials, massages and nails.
While women constitute a majority of the clientele, some men patronize the salon for haircuts and pedicures.
Weedon said her big plans within a year include offering botox and Rejuvaderm wrinkle-fillers.
Era is open on Mondays by appointment only and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays.
For more information, call 778-0860, or log onto www.erasalonandspa.com.
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