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MEEKER | Sometimes turning the page on a new chapter just returns us to our original calling. For Julia Haines, leaving the corporate world and moving to Meeker two years ago when her infant grandson was having health problems (he’s fine now) was a new chapter filled with new beginnings, including getting married in August, and now a new business venture: the Hair Hut, at 723 Market St. in Meeker (the gazebo at Elk Mountain Inn).
Haines, a Steamboat native, has pictures of herself as a child playing stylist to her siblings. That early passion turned into 28 years in the beauty industry thus far, in various capacities. She’s managed multiple salons—including Great Clips in Steamboat—taught cosmetology at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Craig, and helped open salons and spas for others. This is the first time she’s stepped out on her own, after trying on some different careers in the last two years.
When Haines resigned from her corporate job and moved to Meeker, she started as a cook at Elk Mountain Inn’s café. With her customer service experience, she pursued the role of bank teller. But after a short time she knew that wasn’t the right fit, either. She worked as a cosmetologist in Rifle Glenwood Springs for a while, but the commute was a hindrance. Meanwhile, people kept contacting her, asking about hair services during her free time.
“People have been finding me,” she said. “When Elk Mountain Inn owner Melinda Parker offered the gazebo space for rent, I couldn’t refuse.”
“This is my passion,” she said. “I love to make people feel good. I never thought of it as work.”
The Hair Hut will provide haircuts for women, men and children, colors, perms, facial waxing and formal hairstyling with a personal touch exclusively using Kevin Murphy products. She’ll also offer Moroccan Oil, cleansing and conditioning care, as well as gift items from Sonoma/Lavender and We Belong jewelry.
“Kindness goes a long way,” she said, describing her philosophy for work, and for life.
The grand opening of the Hair Hut will be Friday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free gifts (product and hair cut) for appointment bookings of any chemical services. Register for free giveaways, and cider and sweets will be offered.
At the craft bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 8, she will also be offering information about her salon and will also have products and gifts for sale. Register for free giveaways and free product samples.
Currently, the Hair Hut is open by appointment by calling (970) 260-6606. Her regular hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. She is willing to be flexible to meet clientele needs.
By Niki Turner | firstname.lastname@example.org