Local business opens its doors amid pandemic

A local salon has opened its doors amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted: Dec 23, 2020 5:42 AM
Updated: Dec 23, 2020 6:50 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—Some people may say it's risky to start a business during a pandemic but not for the owners of Violet Grey Studio in Downtown Lafayette.

"We opened the first day of December," said Co-owner & Esthetician of Violet Grey Studio, Kelsey Burton.

Kelsey Burton and Kaylee Lehnen met while working at a local spa in Lafayette. Both girls had a dream to open a hair salon.

"This has been a long journey," said Burton. "The idea has been in my mind for about two years."

The girls signed a lease for their new 1500 square foot space in August of this year.

"After a while it was just a natural progression of us being inspired to bring Lafayette a space that is creative, beautiful, that would our clients feel super comfortable in," said Burton. 

In a curious time when establishments such as hair salons and barbershops are threatened by the pandemic Burton says this business venture was a leap of faith.

"Absolutely it's definitely scary to open a new business during a pandemic but for me personally I was at a point in my career where I couldn't allow myself to be held back by any fear," said Burton. 

-and with that attitude over the course of four months Kelsey and Kaylee went to work preparing a safe space for their services amid COVID-19.

"It's been a long time coming and so being downtown is super fun and we are super excited to be a apart of the community, it's just a relief," said Co-owner & Hairtstylist Kaylee Lehnen.

Lehnen said both her and Kelsey had to have confidence in each other to turn this dream into reality.

"Honestly I never had a doubt buying a business with Kelsey we were really excited when we thought of the idea I don't think we ever had a doubt in our minds," said Lehnen. 

With that courage Violet Grey Studios is open to the public and even during unprecedented times workers at Violet Grey Studio are making strides to provide a great service safely for their clients. 

For more information on Violet Grey Studio click here

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