After the pandemic shut down many businesses for months, new stores and services have started popping up in Westlake in recent months.
Brett Thomas Studio in Westlake, a new hair salon that shares a parking lot with HEB next to Loop 360 (Capital of Texas Highway), opened in May. Thomas, who co-owns the studio with partner Kalym Haechten, said their goal was to bring an elevated hairdressing experience to an area of town that lacked a high-end salon. Their location in the mall makes the lounge convenient for date and date, he said.
The salon offers a variety of hair and scalp treatments, as well as hair cuts, dyes and extensions. They also offer Kérastase, one of L’Oréal’s luxury hair product lines.
The salon employs eight stylists, most of whom have worked together for over a decade and all of whom have contributed to the new boutique.
“It’s a space that, when I decided to do it, I wanted it to be a space that looks like all of ours,” he said. “We talked about what we thought our customers would want to see they weren’t getting from the other places they went. … the main thing we hear from new and returning customers is that they love the vibe here. It’s a bit like ‘Cheers’. Everyone knows everyone.
Several new businesses in the area are focused on health services, including Austin Pain Wellness, which opened in March at Arise Austin Medical Center and specializes in pain management and offers a variety of wellness treatments. and aesthetic to patients. Owner and Medical Director Robert Wills said this approach stems from his experience in treating pain in his previous practice.
“I found that my patients who did the best in terms of results were the patients who looked at things like nutrition, daily exercise, balancing their hormones, and their psychological and emotional health,” he said. he declares. “Austin Pain Wellness is a medical clinic dedicated to integrative medicine and combining wellness with aesthetics and conventional medical treatments to treat all patients.”
Wills said the clinic helps patients not only manage pain, but also perform cosmetic and aesthetic procedures and treatments such as hormone replacement therapy or various injection therapies. The practice does not accept insurance in the traditional way, but rather patients pay up front and then submit to insurance for reimbursement.
“If people want to have IV therapy, or ketamine therapy, or ozone therapy, or if they want to have these cosmetic procedures, then they can have it in a medical center,” he said. declared. “We put the patient first in everything we do. “
Heading Health, which opened in February on Bee Cave Road, specializes in working with patients with treatment-resistant depression as well as providing general psychiatric services. Psychiatrist Tyson Lippe said the clinic offers three treatment options for patients with treatment-resistant depression or for people who haven’t seen their symptoms halved with at least two medications.
One treatment is transcranial magnetic stimulation, which involves placing magnets against someone’s skull and pulsing them to excite neurons in the brain.
“It’s great because it’s not a drug. so it doesn’t have a lot of side effects, ”he said. “The treatment is short term with long term benefits.”
The clinic also offers two office-administered drugs – Spravato and intramuscular ketamine – which serve as fast-acting treatments and can make patients lethargic.
Lippe said the clinic is focused on Westlake and Austin, but will take patients statewide for psychiatric care that does not require office visits.
“Everyone in the region has been incredibly receptive to what we’re trying to do,” he said. “Having said that, we have something the community really needs.”