Francisco Silva’s smile was beaming Thursday afternoon as he talked about his new business location on North Potomac Street in downtown Hagerstown.
“I wanted to come downtown; more busy, more traffic,” said Silva, owner of Kerry’s Hair and Day Spa at 35 N. Potomac St. “That way I can build my salon and also my stylists.”
Attended by numerous city officials and a representative from U.S. Congressman John Delaney’s office, a grand opening and ribbon-cutting event was held to officially welcome the City Center business, which was transplanted from Silva’s former location on East Franklin Street.
Silva said he opened for business in the new location Jan. 29 and he’s already seeing results. He said the new location helps give his business a more professional look compared to his old place, which looked more like “a house that I converted into a salon.”
“A lot of people used to think it was my house but it was actually my business,” Silva said. “Here, people know I’m a business so it’s a lot easier for me.”
The full service salon and spa offers services like cuts, curls, color, highlights, weaves, massages, manicures, pedicures, relaxers and men’s grooming.
With the storefront previously serving as the location of a former salon, Silva said only a fresh coat of paint and some minor renovations were needed to get the business up and running.
Walking into the shop located adjacent to the North Potomac Street parking deck, customers will see numerous black stylist chairs lining each side of the hardwood-floored salon with hair-dryers and spa-related equipment to the rear.
Hagerstown Mayor David S. Gysberts was on hand to assist in cutting the ribbon during the event. He said the salon’s opening is another demonstration of all the exciting things happening downtown.
It also helps maintain several jobs in the city’s core, Gysberts said.
“Like I was saying, the scissors are getting dull from all the ribbon-cuttings that we’ve been doing recently and I think it just goes to show that there’s lots of good things happening in City Center Hagerstown,” Gysberts said.
The mayor presented a proclamation on behalf of the city prior to cutting the ribbon on Silva’s new location.
“It is important to celebrate when a small business opens in the City of Hagerstown,” he said. “Small businesses not only supply our citizens and visitors with goods and services needed, but they are also the heart of our economy.”
Kerry’s Hair and Day Spa is open Tuesday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.