Fort Frances has a new business after “Simplicity” opened its doors last Wednesday.
“I’m definitely looking forward to making people happy and giving them new looks,” said Erin Wood, owner of the new hair salon, which is located in the Rainy Lake Plaza on King’s Highway where Curves For Women used to be.
Born and raised in Devlin, Wood went to school in Thunder Bay and worked there for quite some time before returning to the area four years ago when her husband got a job in the mill.
“It was always in the cards,” she said about returning home.
“I always wanted to come back here because I couldn’t stand living in the city—this is where I want to be,” she stressed.
Wood said her favourite part about the job is using her creativity to make people happy and feel good about themselves.
Opening up her own salon also was something that always was in the cards, she said.
“I think a lot of hairdressers always dream about opening their own shop but they never do,” she remarked.
“It’s something new, something fresh,” Wood continued. “I needed a push to get some more inspiration.
“I needed to throw my creativity out there,” she added, referring to her decision to start up the business after working elsewhere locally.
Renovations to get the salon up and running have been going on since October.
“It’s been a long run, a lot of work, but it all pays off,” Wood enthused, noting there are a few things left to do around the salon but they’re all up and running doing hair services.
Even last week’s heavy snowfall didn’t stop a steady stream of customers from coming in during its first few days.
“We are offering all waxing services, all hair services right now,” Wood noted.
“And in the new year, we have an esthetician and we’re going to start doing that here, some pedicures.”
Also in the new year, Wood said there will be rooms available for any body care professionals, such as massage therapists or reflexologists, and they will be looking for stylists.