Sisters celebrate new start in styling salon

Published 8:41 pm Thursday, July 8, 2010

New Seasons Styling Salon isn’t just a new business in the Troy area. It’s a “new season” for its owners.

Sisters Cornelia Britton, Doemetria Jones and Toimsanita Crawley recently opened New Seasons two weeks ago after years of working for their mother at Pearl’s.

“Our mother started Pearl’s in 1970, and we worked there for her,” Jones said. “But, we just came up with a new dream and a new vision, and so we started New Seasons. It’s called this because it’s a new season for our lives. This has been 15 years in the making, so it’s a dream come true.”

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Over the last 15 years, the three siblings have worked hard to achieve their goal of opening their own salon, with plenty of memorable moments along the way.

“We bought the property last year, and then when we got the loan secured, we could see that it was finally going to happen,” Britton said. “Hiring a contractor was another big step, but we were overjoyed and excited that it was coming together. It was a little exhausting because of all the hard work that went in, but we were still happy.”

Part of the construction process involved interior decorating, where the siblings worked together to make sure each personality was represented in the salon.

“With the decorative pieces, we each put in aspects of our personality so that the salon would be unique,” Britton said.

Now, New Seasons has opened its doors at 727 East Academy Street, just a few doors down from Pearl’s.

The debut for the salon was June 27, when Britton, Jones and Crawley held their Customer Appreciation Day.

After some concern over the attendance, the sisters were overwhelmed by the turnout.

“It was packed,” Jones said. “There were probably about 45 or 50 people here. We were shocked and surprised at the turnout because we thought it may have been low. But, it was standing room only. Our father had to bring chairs over from the funeral home where he works.”

Now, Britton, Jones and Crawley simply want to expand their client base.

“We believe in healthy hair and taking care of our clients the best we can,” Britton said. “We just want to provide the best service so that our clients will feel welcome and comfortable and will want to come to us so we can provide them with the most professional hair care services around.”