“Half of those people (or businesses) are not down here now,” she said.
Whitehorse said they stuck around even with ongoing projects with gas lines, water lines and electrical lines that happened over a three-year span. At the time, the merchants had a choice to have the three projects done all at once or have them individually done, once a year for three years. Merchants chose the latter.
“Every three years, the roads were torn up,” she said. “And the salon stayed open during that whole time, we never closed one day.”
In December 2003, Whitehorse expanded business to a second location, also located on Buchanan Ave. She decided to expand after the salon got so busy that clients and hair stylists were being turned away.
The boutique, “Cut,” also offers the same services as Take Five including hair, nails, massage and waxing.
Whitehorse said at both salons, they focus on education and also makes sure all employees are full-time. This helps everyone stay focused on their clients and give 100 percent to the business she said.
The salon’s clientele varies, including college students, professors and business professionals.
In the future, she said she plans to continue to grow in business, grow in initiative and grow internally.
For more information call Take Five at 405-329-5809.