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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – This month marks the 14th anniversary of Sisters Salon & Gifts.
“We’ve created a space in Childress, and even though none of us are from here, we’ve made it our home,” said Kim Ivy, who bought Cindy Johnston’s salon, where her daughter Keely was working as massage therapist. “We love Childress and being part of an awesome community.”
In October of 2006, Keely called her sister Kacy and asked her to come look at the salon. Their mother came along as well. After talking to Johnston, Kim bought the salon.
The sale was final on Nov. 1, 2006. To introduce themselves to the Childress community, they participated in the Main Street Trick or Treat event on Halloween, so everyone would know ownership of the salon would change the next day.
“We were really welcomed,” Kim said. “I love the small-town vibe and that the Chamber of Commerce wants the businesses to succeed and flourish. They help in any way they can. It’s great to have the community support we have experienced.”
In the beginning, they only offered hair services, Kim explained. Over the years, they’ve grown into a salon that also provides manicures and pedicures, massages, eye lash and hair extensions and waxing.
In addition to being the owner, Kim is the retail manager and sterling silver jewelry artist. While Keely is a massage therapist, Kacy is a hairstylist, color application and correction specialist and does waxing. Kim said it takes more than her family.
“We have two of the best working for us,” she said. “Kimberly and Nicole fit right it. I love them like they’re mine.”
Nicole Willis is a hairstylist, colorist, spray tanning tech and does lash extensions, waxing and lash lifting. Kimberly Eikman is a hairstylist, colorist and manicurist. She also does waxing.
But’s that not all Sisters Salon & Gifts offers. In the gift shop, they have clothes, wallets, jewelry and more, Kim explained.
“We have lots of gift items for men, women and children,” she added. “We carry Bare Minerals makeup and skincare, Donna Woodson car air fresheners and STS Ranchwear purses, wallets and clothing.”
Keely added how they like to work with local businesses and are proud to offer hometown merchandise. “We like to shop local,” Keely said. “They want our business to thrive, and we want their businesses to thrive.”
And it doesn’t stop there. Keely said she’s gotten a better opportunity of knowing her customers on a personal level since having a salon in Childress.
“Being in a small town, you can cater more to our clientele’s likes,” she said. “We try to keep ourselves educated. We love our clients. They’re like family. Childress has definitely embraced us.”
They saw how much Keely said when a fire gutted the whole interior of their salon in 2012. While it was a horrible experience, Keely said it was also the greatest blessing.
“It brought all of us closer together,” she said. “We got to put it back the way we wanted. We saw blessings from the ashes. We love Childress and being able to establish a business and life here has been a blessing for all of us.”