BY EMILY LE COZ
TUPELO - It took about two minutes for Kim Miller and Sharon McDaniel to decide to start their own business and about two months for them to actually do it.
Now, about two weeks after opening Fairpark Salon inside the newly built Fairpark Crossing, the two women hope their venture lasts about two decades - or two more.
Miller, a nail technician, and McDaniel, a hair stylist, debuted their full-service salon inside the Fairpark District because they believe in the revitalization of downtown.
"I think this is going to be a new, up-and-coming area," said Miller, who previously worked at Head Quarters salon on Gloster Street. Head Quarters closed when its two owners, Jennie Lynn Johnson and Quanna Winters, became employees of Fairpark Salon.
McDaniel's previous venture, Hair Trends Salon on Varsity Drive, is still open.
Along with the women came their clients, and the 1,500 square-foot salon buzzed with activity. Its 10 staff members provide hair styling, nail services, massages and facials and have more than 100 years experience combined.
And McDaniel said they get new walk-in clients every day: "It's been a real popular area for us. People are walking by and coming in all the time."
More business to come
That foot traffic will be an advantage for three more businesses slated to open inside Fairpark Crossing, a multi-use building developed by Frazier & Williams Construction in the northwest corner of the downtown redevelopment district.
A local representative for investment services firm Edward Jones will move in downstairs July 5. One month later, North Carolina-based Mexican restaurant chain Salsa Rita will take residence in the space next door.
By early autumn, EFP Wealth Management which merged with Houston, Texas-based Stanford Private Wealth Management earlier this month, will open a 7,000 square-foot office taking both floors of the two-story building, said Frazier & Williams president Mike Williams.
Combined, those four ventures will occupy nearly three-fourths of the 20,000 square-foot structure - a statistic that Williams called satisfying and one which Miller called promising.
"I think when the building is filled and the construction has stopped, we'll have more visibility," she said. "Now, the workers are still doing some finishing touches, and I don't think some people even know we're here."
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