The former Regis hair salon at the Mariner Mall in Superior didn't stay empty for long. The business closed its doors Sept. 22; a new salon, Shearz 2 U, opened at the site Oct. 1. It offers cuts, color and perms for all ages as well as waxing.
The business may be new, but the faces are familiar. Owners Gina Johnson and Toni Forseth have been at the mall, now the Mariner Retail and Business Center, for years - first as Cost Cutters stylists, then co-owners of Shear Design. A sign at their former mall location directs customers to the new, larger space.
The move was fast. They closed for the day Sept. 28 at the old space and opened Oct. 1 at the new.
"It was exciting to make the change," Forseth said.
When the opportunity arose, Johnson said, they took it.
"We needed a change and it's nice to have something that you're close to," she said. "We were a little bit out of the way in the mall area. Now we're a little bit closer to where people are shopping."
The new salon is located next to the Sears Hometown store and Diamond Royal Tack, triggering an increase in walk-in customers. Former Regis clients have also dropped by.
The Mariner Retail and Business Center is great to work with, the Shearz 2 U owners said, and they expect to be there for many years.
"It's always been a good location for us," Forseth said. "With the repurposing of the business center part of it, they are getting new things in here. It might not be retail, but every little bit helps."
The pair are currently renting a chair to former Regis stylist Tracey Beyer. Additional chairs are available to rent at the business.
The shop's lending library also made the move to the new space. About two years ago, Johnson brought in a pile of books. The library grew from there, with both customers and stylists bringing in titles to share.
"Everybody loves that," Foresth said. "We have kind of a book exchange that we do."
The owners are happy with the new site, and ready to welcome a few more independent stylists into the salon.
"I would like great growth," Johnson said.
The new business is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, later by appointment, and Saturday by appointment only.