LAURINBURG — The polished wood floors, copper ceiling and sparkling chandeliers of an old salon led a mother-daughter duo in search of a new career straight to Main Street.
There Lisa Little, a Laurinburg native, and 24-year-old daughter Elizabeth Critcher found a perfect spot to help men and women find their own chic style.
“It’s very elegant, it almost looks like a palace,” Little said of the building at 130 South Main St. that the two have converted into their own multi-service salon.
Little remembers strolling the building’s aisles of clothing and perfume when it served as a department store and seeing it evolve into a salon. When she came across the empty space at the beginning of October, she was in awe of the potential.
The chandeliers and the ceiling — “that’s what caught our eye when we first came in,” Little said.
Little, who most recently worked at Evergreen Behavioral Management, and her daughter, a licensed cosmetologist, had both been out of work for a few years when they came across the building. It was, as Little said, “time for a change.” As soon as they found out it was available, they began “major renovations” including adding walls, painting parts of the existing structure and styling the front entrance.
Although customers have been coming in already, the mother and daughter duo are still working to get Scissor’s Palace ready to offer spa, beauty and personal care services. The salon will feature hair styling, facials, facial waxing, nails and eventually tanning stations.
Little said the grand opening will be held in about a week and hopes they can fill a nail tech and two stylist positions by that time.
The two stylists that have already joined the team are Lisa Gibson, who has been working in cosmetology for 26 years and Danny Priest, who has been working with hair on-and-off for 15 years. Critcher has two years under her belt.
“We’re trying to be a full-service salon,” she said.
They sell scarves, purses, jewelry, fragrances, candles and more near the front of the salon.
Little, who has a bachelor’s degree in business from Methodist University, will be handle the salon’s money and merchandise while Critcher and the other two stylists take care of servicing customers. The two plan to hold drawings and promotions throughout the month of December.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The salon can be reached at 910-852-9705.