Get to know: Jonno and Marie of Blunt Hair Studio
Tell us about your work.
We’re a small, quaint two-level salon. It’s a family run environment where we all get along. And…we cut hair!
We had to close for 10 months which was a big chunk of our income. But thankfully all of our clients have come back and wanted to buy products and gift certificates while we were closed. It’s overwhelming but nice to see.
The name was brought about from both of us working at different places and thought a small business with our personalities in Kingston would be awesome. When coming to look at the space for our first time the space was truly unique and was drawn to the stairs and the second floor.
What do you love about Kingston?
We’re both originally from here and our families are here.
What we love about Kingston is the food no matter what you’re in the mood for or what you want to eat, Kingston has a restaurant for it. We love the downtown. SIMA Sushi, Golden Rooster for lunch, and Card’s Bakery. And CRAVE! We can’t forget CRAVE. They make the best cinnamon buns.
During the closure, community support was great. People were reaching out, asking how we were doing, and checking up on us.
Why start your own business?
When I was in high school I took a cosmetology class and realized it was the only thing that kept me entertained. I became a junior stylist and later met a good friend of mine, who became my mentor.
We were on a course one day and saw this listing come up…we looked at it and it was the stairs that sold us on it.
Could you tell us about a customer you served recently that really made you smile?
Our customers are pretty gracious. When we were closed, a bunch kept emailing to make sure we were OK. One client wanted to buy literally a year and a half of gift certificates to make sure we stayed open.
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