By Randy Arrington
STANLEY — When Suzanna Painter ran The Total Look hair salon out of a small space in the Comcast building near Mount Carmel Christina Academy, things got a little cramped.
“We needed more space,” Painter said after spending eight-and-a-half years on Route 340 Business just outside Luray growing clientele and wanting to add new services.
In October, she moved to West Main Street in the Town of Stanley, going from a space of less than 200 square feet to more than 1,200 square feet. The move has allowed Painter to add staff and new services for her clients, including a small boutique, two tanning beds and an esthetician.
On Feb. 18, the Town of Stanley hosted a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new location and modern decor of The Total Look Hair and Tanning Salon.
“Thank you from the Town for taking on this adventure and fixing up the building,” Town Manager Terry Pettit said. “I know you could have gone other places, but you decided to come to Stanley, and it’s the best decision you could’ve made.”
Tom Wright purchased the building that houses The Total Look and Hidden Acres gun shop about nine months ago. He gutted and updated the entire interior of the hair salon, which was formerly an odds and ends thrift store before sitting vacant.
“Thank you for investing in business in Page County,” Gina Hilliard, president of the Luray-Page County Chamber of Commerce, told both Wright and Painter prior to the ribbon cutting.
That investment has allowed The Total Look to include a new boutique, Hummingbird Avenue, ran by Julienne Atkins. The small corner of the shop offers women’s apparel and accessories.
In January, Rachel Henry brought her services to the salon as an esthetician, handling eye lashes, eye brows and facials. She has her own special room for those services in the back of the shop. Two other private rooms next door to Henry contain tanning beds.
“Welcome and glad you chose Stanley,” Mayor Michael Knight said at the Feb. 18 event. “Anything we can do to help you grow, just let us know.”
Painter has been a hairstylist for 15 years. About nine years ago, she purchased The Total Look from Phyllis Hammer, who owned it for more than 30 years. The shop has been in several locations over the years, and Painter and Wright are already talking about future expansion at their new site. Wright said “within a year or so” he hopes to expand the building and put two new store fronts on the lower level behind the building. Ronnie Stoneberger has run Hidden Acres at the site for more than 20 years.
Along with Painter, Kellie Mayle is also a hairstylist at The Total Look, and both want the community to come see the “new look” in their new location so they can help everyone do as their business cards say and “Have a great hair day!”
The Total Look Hair and Tanning Salon is located at 804A West Main Street in Stanley and is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. To make an appointment, call (540) 743-1442.
Check out Total Look’s Facebook page.