UNION — Customers who avail themselves of the services provided by Ashley Rainwater’s new upscale salon and spa will leave “Primped & Polished.”
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by family, friends, and several public officials, “Primped & Polished Salon & Spa” held it grand opening Wednesday morning.
Located at 103 Sardis Road, Union, Primped & Polished is owned and operated by Ashley Rainwater who described her establishment as something new and unique in the community.
“We are an upscale salon,” Rainwater said. “We are a full service family salon and we carry Redken and Matrix products. We do all aspects of hair from customized cuts and color services, waxing, facials, airbrush makeup, and spray tans. There’s not another place in town that offers all these services under one roof.”
Rainwater said that Primped & Polished will be open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday’s by appointment. She added that “if you need a later time we will accommodate your schedule by appointment.”
A native of Crystal River, Florida, Rainwater met her husband, James, a Union native, in Greenville. The couple, who have two daughters, lived in Florida for 16 years before moving to Union to be close to her husband’s family. It was after moving back to Union that Rainwater decided to open her own salon and spa. Rainwater has been in the salon business for 11 years and managed a salon in Florida. In addition to managing the salon in Florida, Rainwater ran her own business, providing hair styling services to residents of area nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Rainwater said that she was nervous at first to make that big of a commitment to open her own business, but after talking with her husband and with his support, she decided to purchase the building at 103 Sardis Road and make her dreams a reality.
“I didn’t want to be that tied down to something, but you have to invest in yourself,” Rainwater said. “So I bought this salon and made it my own.”
Rainwater added that she has recently returned from the “Premiere Orlando Hair Show and I’m inspired and ready to open my doors.”
Getting Primped & Polished ready to open involved a lot of hard work, much of it done by Rainwater’s husband, James.
“He worked his regular 12-hour job and then would come here and work to midnight making sure we got everything accomplished,” Rainwater said.
Before it got that far, however, Rainwater took a careful, methodical approach to opening her business, a process that included seeking out the advice and guidance of Larry Stevens, Director of the Small Business Development Center in Rock Hill. Stevens was among those participating in Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony and he praised Rainwater for the months of effort she put in to preparing to open her own business.
“About six months ago I got a call from Katherine Pendergrass at SCWorks that she had a young woman wanting to open a hair styling salon,” Stevens said. “So we worked together and put together a business plan (and) put together some numbers to make sure that the bottom line makes sense. We also talked about the license requred to operate a business and what legal structure she wanted to establish.
“She followed my advice, asked a lot of questions, listened very well,” he said. “She was willing to take it step by step and not rush into it which usually helps prevent any fatal flaws when opening a business.”
Stevens said persons interested in opening a business and wanting the assistance of the Small Business Development Center in doing so should call the Union SCWorks office at 864-427-4119 and request its services. He said that Pendergrass would take their information and send it on to his office which would contact them within a week.
Also taking part in the ceremony was Union County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jami Trammell. The ceremony was publicized and presented by the chamber, a service Trammell said it provides its members.
“We’re delighted to have Ashley in our community and as a new member of the chamber,” Trammell said. “This ribbon-cutting is a part of the privileges of being a member of the chamber.”
City of Union Mayor Harold Thompson also participated in the ceremony, pointing out that the opening of Rainwater’s salon and spa is good news for the city which has seen two businesses close in recent weeks.
“We really appreciate them considering Union to locate their business,” Thompson said. “We welcome them with open arms. We lost two businesses recently and this new business will help make up for that some. I’m hoping our citizens will support this and other local businesses more in the future.”
For more information about Primped & Polished Salon and Spa call 864-441-0606 or go online at primpedandpolishedsalon.com.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.