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Salon, clients welcome space of former gun shop

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Senior Writer | 12/5/2012

An Ottawa salon has new digs to go with its full-line of services.

Mother-and-daughter team Lesa Liggett and Michelle Powell said their new quarters in the former Gun Guys shop at 114 W. Third Street, Ottawa, provides Delilah’s salon with more space and a better building.

An Ottawa salon has new digs to go with its full-line of services.

Mother-and-daughter team Lesa Liggett and Michelle Powell said their new quarters in the former Gun Guys shop at 114 W. Third Street, Ottawa, provides Delilah’s salon with more space and a better building.

“This really felt like a salon to us,” Liggett, the salon’s owner with 26 years of experience as a hair stylist, said.

Powell, also a stylist, opened the business with her mother three years ago after graduating from B Street Design School of International Hair Styling in Overland Park.

“We were located just two doors down,” Powell said. “We moved in last Tuesday, and we’ve already had clients tell us we have a great space and that ‘it feels like it was meant to be a salon.’ Which is kind of amazing, when you think about the fact it used to be a gun shop.”

The general consensus of clients Tuesday afternoon at Delilah’s: Liggett and Powell have transformed the shop into an “elegant-looking” space.

Delilah’s offers such services as colors, foiling, make-up, razor cuts, facials, waxing and special occasion hair styling, Liggett said.

The salon’s services also include body wraps and massages, she said.

Ann Mason, a stylist at the salon who has worked with Liggett for 15 years, said the new space is perfect for their operation, which the mother and daughter said continues to grow, even in tough economic times.

“Our clients are wonderful, and we have long relationships with many of them,” Liggett said. “I think they really appreciate this new space.”

Other stylists at the shop include Ericka Hart and Ashley Sessions, with Julie Barnard handling the body wraps and Kathy Seinears doing massages. While the address has changed, Powell pointed out the salon has kept the same phone number.

Though Powell has been in business with her mom for three years, she is no stranger to the industry.

“When I was 3 years old, I remember saying, ‘I want to do hair like my mommy,’” Powell said, laughing. “I literally grew up in the salon.”  

Now Powell said her 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, might become a third-generation stylist.

“She is really excited about the new salon,” Powell said.

Doug Carder is senior writer for The Herald. Email him at dcarder@ottawaherald.com

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