Published DateLACONIA — ''We were just so super busy we couldn't fit anyone else in'' says Amy Prendergast, who this week moved her Studio 23 hair salon from Dolloff Street to the Eight Gables Mall on Union Avenue.
Prendergast says that she'll already seeing good results from the move to the highly visible location in the form of walk-ins and says she's extremely happy with her new and spacious 1,300 square foot studio.
She says that Studio 23 is a full-service salon that offers cuts, colors, perms, manicures and pedicures as well as massages and that she's currently looking to add a cosmetologist.
Prendergast has 25 years of experience as a cosmetologist in the salon business and works with Danielle Minery, who has 26 years of experience, 13 of which were with the Clip Joint which once occupied the same location in the Eight Gables Mall.
Massage therapist is Roxane Shaw, who has four years of experience, and Talia Miner is a cosmetology apprentice at Studio 23.
Prendergast says she will exhibit her art work, which she describes as ''realistic, scenic photos'' in the studio. She's also a rock singer and says that she plans to have the band she sings with stop by now and then to produce some lively sounds.
''We want to be an artsy, crafty salon that is a fun place to be at,'' says Prendergast.
She said that her $10 haircut for first-time customers has been a good way to introduce new customers to her business and that since she opened for business in 2009 she's had more than 350 people take advantage of the offer.
Studio 23, a full-service hair salon, has opened at its new location at Eight Gables Mall on Union Avenue in Laconia. Taking part in the ribbon-cutting were Danielle Minery, hair stylist; Amy Prendergast, owner; Roxane Shaw, massage therapist and Tony Felch, who helped with the move to the new location. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)