GROVE CITY – Katie Erdley has opened Katie’s Hair Design, LLC, in downtown Grove City.
The company, located at 135 S. Center St., is a full service salon offering haircuts, perms, dimensional coloring, nail services and waxing.
Erdley, a master colorist and certified cosmetology professor, worked for 13 years as a stylist at Nancy’s Hair Loft.
“The opportunity presented itself to open my own salon,” said Erdley. “I was ready to advance my career.
Erdley and her husband, Steve, bought the old Wardle apartment building, which had been vacant for six years. They did major renovations, including replacing drywall and floors, building parts, plumbing and rewiring, and painting.
The decor is rustic. Erdley said she wanted to create a warm, welcoming and relaxing atmosphere for customers.
She employs three additional stylists: Olivia Roxberry, Cassie Dosch and Jessica Teets. She plans to add staff and expand the salon as her business grows.
Joi Co Hair Color Salon, Katie’s Hair Design also offers Matrix, Redken for Men, Johnny Bs, Kenra and Bedhead products.
The Erdleys worked with Jill Newcomer of the Small Business Development Center in Gannon, who helped them write a business plan and guided them through funding. A big opening party is planned for January.
Erdley said it was fun listening to shoppers recall their purchases at Wardle’s, a long-standing bicycle novelty and repair store.
“I hear so many stories about customers who shopped at Wardle’s as children, buying everything from plastic vomit to rabbit-foot key chains. There was no price tag on anything, ”Erdley said.
KATIE’S Hair Design’s hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Saturday. Follow her on Instagram at @katieerdley. Call 724 458-1215 for appointments.