By Mark Ambrogi
Billie Lou Merriweather said she hadn’t originally planned to open a second salon, but she said the opportunity was too good to pass up.
Merriweather opened Eclectic Beauty Salon in Clay Terrace last month.
“We went in and took over a spot that was previously a salon,” Merriweather said. “We got it on Thursday, and I was working behind my chair the following Tuesday. We kicked butt getting it done.”
Merriweather and her husband, John, and a handyman completely redecorated and painted. The Carmel resident opened the salon approximately a year-and-a-half ago at 258 W. Main St., Carmel. Merriweather, 36, has done hair for 18 years now.
“I just think there is a way a salon should be set up and how they should be look and feel,” said Merriweather, a Carmel High School graduate. “It was a lot of fun taking an existing salon and making it better.”
She said she should have seven stylists at Clay Terrace salon soon and said she will work behind her chair doing hair at Clay Terrrace, but will work oversee both salons.
“It’s similar in size. There is one more chair available at Clay Terrace,” she said. “We were full at the downtown location so once we got the opportunity, it just made sense to do it.”
There are five stylists at the downtown Carmel salon.
“It’s nice having two salons in Carmel because we do a lot of sponsorships through Carmel High School sports and Carmel Dads’ Club,” Merriweather said.
The salons offer hair cutting, coloring, extensions, eyebrow arching, makeup, facial waxing and bridal services.
“My husband helps me out with the business side and the marketing and the website,” she said. “It allows me to be a stylist.”
For more, visit eclecticbeautysalon.com.