It is a time of growth as the arrival of Spring quickly approaches, and Marlinton’s Main Street is seeing a number of businesses springing up. Work on the interior of Tudor’s Biscuit World is in progress, a new restaurant is in the works in what is known as “The Old Western Auto,” while beside the Dirt Bean Gallery, Renee Kelley’s Mane Street Salon is in its first year of business.
The family salon – with its natural light and warm burgundy walls – opened its doors last July and has been providing its affordable services to the area for seven months.
“A lot of the time, getting your hair done at a corporate salon can cost you an arm and a leg,” Kelley said, “and that’s not something I wanted to bring to the salon. I wanted my services to be affordable for everyone.”
With carefully planned prices, Kelley is able to offer quality services for less.
Hairs cuts begin at $10 and are available for men, women and children. Additional hair care, such as color, highlights and perms, begin at $25.
Mane Street Salon offers waxing services for $8, and it will not be long before tanning services will also be available. Although it is not currently equipped for acrylics, manicures and pedicures, Kelley hopes to see her salon set up to do so in the future.
When asked what inspired her to open a salon, Kelly credited her children.
“You’re expected to work so many hours when you work in a corporate salon,” she explained. “As a mom of five, that wasn’t something I could do. So, I decided to open my own salon where I can bring my kids to work with me whenever I need to.”
Kelley’s children do not always come to work with her, but on days that they do, they serve as friendly greeters and hair sweepers.
“My youngest is almost like our mascot,” she joked of her toddler, Holden. “He goes to everyone that comes in and loves to be held while they get their hair done. Sometimes I think customers come back solely for him.”
Kelley has been cutting hair for as long as she came remember, and she got her training at the Clarksburg Beauty Academy.
“I just started doing it on my own,” Kelley said, “and after a while, I decided to go to school for it.”
Mane Street Salon is located at 100 Eighth Street, and is open Tuesday through Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 304-799-0014. Walk-ins are welcome.