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New South Charleston salon a family affair

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter
South Charleston Mayor Frank Mullens, center, joins the staff of the new Shear Elegance hair salon at 520 D St. in cutting a ribbon marking the salon’s official opening on July 10.
The owners of the new Shear Elegance hair salon, 520 D St., South Charleston, which had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 10. From left are: Taren Rhodes, Kathy Pritt and Amanda Rhodes. Photo courtesy Linda Weekley
BEN CALWELL | Metro Shear Elegance stylist and co-owner Taren Rhodes, foreground, works on customer Hannah Myers, while stylist and salon co-owner Amanda Rhodes, in back, works on Stacy Spencer. In the center is Staci Tinney of the South Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau board.

It’s a family affair at the new Shear Elegance hair salon in South Charleston.

With a combined 55 years of experience, owners Kathy Pritt, Amanda Rhodes and Taren Rhodes are all related and ready to provide customers -- women, men and families alike -- a full range of hair-care services.

Amanda Rhodes is Pritt’s niece, and Taren Rhodes in Amanda’s stepdaughter.

“We’ve been open two weeks,” Pritt said, as she and the others prepared for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 10.

Pritt and Amanda Rhodes previously worked at House of David on Jefferson Road, but, because of road expansion, that shop had to close.

“They were going to take the building to put a road through, so we had to find a new place. The guy who owned House of David (David Kirk) is going to come down and work here,” Pritt said.

Shear Elegance, which is at 520 D St., is seeking to add a massage therapist, more hair stylists, nail technician and aesthetician, as well.

Pritt said remaining in South Charleston was a priority when looking for a new shop location.

“I worked (at another salon) in South Charleston 28 years ago on Sixth Avenue. I’ve always loved South Charleston,” Pritt said.

Until Shear Elegance is fully staffed with a massage therapist, nail technician and aesthetician, the focus is on hair, including cuts, color, perming, styling and more.

“We focus mostly on color; color is where it’s at,” she said.

The Shear Elegance team’s mission is to consistently bring its clients the freshest styles and ideas, by keeping up with the current trends and constantly educating themselves about the best practices.

“All of our stylists support one another in their personal strengths and goals within the beauty industry and the community. We promise to pay close attention to the details of your service, maintain the highest standard in the cleanliness of our salon, exceed your expectations and keep you coming back for more.”

Shear Elegance is in a former tax preparation business. The inside was completely transformed to serve as a hair salon.

“We gutted it completely; we did it in five weeks. A lot of long days,” she said.

The equipment and furnishings are all new.

“Everything is new -- the floor and everything,” she said.

Shear Elegance is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 or 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, call 304-746-2968, or visit Shear Elegance on Facebook.


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