BELLVILLE — Salon Haven and Spa in Bellville is open for business.
Friday there was an official ribbon cutting ceremony, and area officials participated in the event.
The spa was opened by owner Olivia Liberti. Her family members were present, and daughter Sophia helped wield large scissors to do the honors.
The salon occupies a two story building on Main Street. The interior has been polished and buffed so that a long space reveals various stations, for people doing hair or manicures and pedicures.
Mayor Teri Brenkus said she appreciates the fact the Liberti family is “investing in Bellville.”
Richland County commissioner Darrell Banks, former Bellville mayor, said he appreciates what Liberti and her family have done to the building. It was formerly occupied by the Edward Jones firm.
Liberti said she is “excited to get started” in the refurbished space. She said she loves the space and the building.
“Glory to God for all this,” she said. She said she is happy to be a “service to the community.”
Inside the space is a display of hair care products she developed. Liberti said she had worked with a chemist to come up with the proper formulae for shampoo and conditioner and similar products.
A number of smiling residents attended the ribbon cutting ceremony. About 30 people participated. After the ribbon was cut, people were told they could go inside the salon and sign the red ribbon used in the event.
An official grand opening event will be held Saturday from 4 to 9 p.m. There will be live music, provided by Jeff Welty. Liberti said he plays acoustic guitar.
A display at the front of the salon holds cards for stylists working there. They are, in addition to Liberti, Chelsea Lehnhart, Allison Kunz and Denise Walker.