Salon 201 opened in 2007 in Market Place. It is co-owned by Julie and Keith Watts, although it's fair to say, Julie is the 'brains' behind the salon. As well as hairdressing, Julie also manages the salon and our employees. Keith stays away from the salon and is responsible for the admin side and most important, pays the wages! The partnership works well ... so much so, that Julie and Keith are getting married!
It was not easy at first, bearing in mind we opened just at the start of the recession, but we have always managed to employ at least 4 stylists and gradually built up our clientele and reputation as a friendly salon that people enjoyed visiting. At first, we also made and sold wedding accessories and jewellery, but soon realised that we should concentrate on hairdressing only and so stopped the wedding side. But we did add one service ... our Helionova sunbed. The sunbed proved very popular and still is! It's a fact, nobody wants to appear on the beach looking pale!
In 2012, the old SNC information building, became available in the newly formed Burgess Square. We decided to take the plunge and move into 55, Burgess Square. It has proved to be a very good move! With the likes of Costa Coffee, Subway and Co-op in the square, we get a lot of 'walk-ins' now we are in a far better location in the town.
The new premises feel a lot more spacious, as the building is an old listed barn and still retains it's original oak beams in the high ceiling. Julie again designed the interior and changed our image to a 'purple chic' look. We have had many nice comments about how good the salon looks.