Old salon opens for new generation

Old salon opens for new generation

June 22nd, 2011 by Rebecca Miller in Community Ooltewahcollegedale

Kay's Hair Salon has reopened under the ownership of founder Kay Kennedy's daughter, Karen Smith, who is snipping, perming and curling her way into the family business.

Kay's Hair Salon's former owner Kay Kennedy, sitting, is passing her salon to daughter Karen Smith.

Kay's Hair Salon's former owner Kay Kennedy, sitting,...

"I used to be her guinea pig," said Kennedy, whose mother went to beauty school as a single mom raising two children. "As a kid, mom was a beautician and I would give perms. When I was younger I never thought I would want to do this, but I love it."

Kennedy graduated from New Concepts in Cleveland last June. She inherited the business name and the location from her mother, who had opened a beauty shop next to her home on Hunter Road and worked there for 12 years. Smith retired after she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy and began caring for her mother and grandmother.

"It was sad because it was empty for so long," Smith said." It's almost like [Karen] is starting by herself, because I've been out of it long enough I don't have clients anymore."

Mother and daughter recently aired out the building that had stood empty for several years. Smith is starting her own client book and is looking for additional beauticians to work in the salon.

"I am hoping to expand and bring in a massage therapist and maybe spray tanning," she said.