WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – A Spring Street institution received an infusion of new energy this fall when 3 Queens Emporium open hairdressing salon.
Pittsfield stylist Courtney Haner, who has worked at several county stores over the years, started seeing customers this month in the space that for decades housed the St. Peter’s Barber Shop.
“I had a great opportunity to come here,” Haner said this week. “The store is ideally located.
“I’ve always wanted to branch out and open my shop, and I kind of had the opportunity to start a little bit now. Williamstown is perfect. We’re in a good location with all of the students.”
Haner is an independent entrepreneur who runs the boutique and is currently his sole stylist. The company is owned by Tim and Rosa Williams.
Tim Williams said he named the new business after his wife and two daughters, his three queens.
3 Queens, the living room, is its way of honoring the tradition started by the St. Pierre family, who established the boutique at another location in Williamstown in 2015.
“I started to hear negative things about the business,” Williams said. “It ended up shutting down, and my wife said, ‘Why don’t you open a business for yourself? I thought about it for a while and said, “You know what? I’ll do it.” “
Williams speaks of the new salon as a labor of love.
“It’s not something where I’m going to think I’m going to make a lot of money, because I’m not doing it,” he said. “It’s something [Williams College] needs, and I feel I can meet them.
“I really like Roger [St. Pierre]. To be honest, I felt morally responsible for the store that came after Roger. I’m not that kind of person. “
Williams said he was happy to have found a partner in Haner to run the store, calling her an honest and hard worker.
When not working with clients in the chair, she would hit the pavement, meet people on the street and develop new relationships, she said.
“I also have clients arriving, clients that I have had for years, from Pittsfield and Great Barrington,” she said. “I have two coming from Great Barrington tomorrow.
“Someone said to me, ‘It’s 35 minutes by car. I’m like, ‘It’s okay. Leave your kids and your wife behind, whatever you have to do, and drive.
“Once people find someone they like [to do their hair], they stay with them as much as they can. “
Ultimately, the plan is to add staff and make the most of the three chairs in the living room. Williams said he would take his time selecting potential stylists to integrate alongside Haner.
An entrepreneur with a master’s degree in commerce, Williams doesn’t see himself getting too involved with 3 Queens.
“I said to Courtney, ‘Your job is to run the store,’” Williams said. “I don’t want to need to go out unless I need a haircut. I want you to be a part of the Williamstown community. She loves it, so she’s starting to bond with the people there. live.
“I know she can handle the haircut and everything. The only thing I want to do is come and have my hair cut.”
The salon is located at 18 Spring Street and its opening hours are 10 to 6 weekdays and 11 to 3 Saturday.
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