BELLVILLE — A stately building that sits on the village’s Main Street is going to be the home of a new salon offering all kinds of personal improvement options.
The tall windowed structure at 105 Main Street will be Haven, offering hair styling, manicures and pedicures. In the future it will also offer massages and facials.
Haven is the child of Olivia Liberti.
She said her path in life is one that has “put her in places for the right reasons” and she is going to use the opportunities networking has given her.
Liberti said she has been searching for a long time for a perfect place, and found it in the former Edward Jones occupied building. She is planning a grand opening in October.
She said she is “super blessed” because the building is in great condition and many updates have been done to the structure.
Liberti previously worked at salons in Mansfield and Mount Vernon. She now does her work at Family Hair Design on State Route 97 as it goes toward Butler.
The name Haven was chosen because her spot is intended to be a “safe haven” for clients.
Going to a salon should be a time when people can “unwind and vent” to their stylist or aesthetician, she said.
Liberti wants Haven to have “high end feel and experience” but still be “humble” in its pricing.
Work is being done on the interior, including exposing a brick wall. The project will be in two phases. The first will be to redo the first floor, and hair services, manicures and pedicures will be offered.
There also will be a barber at the back end of the first floor.
The second phase will be to put a full spa on the lower floor, where massage, facials and full body waxing will be offered.
This will be a booth rental salon, where each stylist can rent and is free to charge whatever he or she pleases.
Liberti is also going to be introducing her own product line at the salon. She has contacted a chemist in Columbus who has experience in putting together products for hair care.
Her products will include a 100 per cent vegan shampoo plus other products that will bring the total to 12.
Most of the work being done on the building is cosmetic. The brick wall is being exposed. Other interior walls will be a bright white, and sunlight will be allowed to come in the front windows.
Liberti said she has always enjoyed interior design, and has frequently looked up color palettes on Pinterest.
One of the things she wants to bring to her new salon is the feel she has found in other places she has worked, Liberti said. At the Family Hair Design salon, women come in on Saturdays as a matter of routine to have their hair washed and set. Their attendance is treasured by people at the salon and that is a feeling she wants to put in at Haven.
Her salon will have five hair stations, plus four spots to do nails and two for pedicures. People who decide to work in salons usually do not do it on a full time basis, but choose about three days a week.
Liberti said she has been fortunate in being able to work even though she had two children, Sophia and Nolan. Her mother, mother in law, and other relatives have cared for the children. When she starts her salon she will have to get a babysitter, and she now know how much that kind of care costs.
For the first year of Haven, she will have to be there “pretty much all the time.”
Her husband Brendan, a project coordinator for Mid Ohio Pipeline, has been “my biggest support,” she said.