Cut­ting Hair and Grow­ing the Com­mu­nity

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Kathy An­der­son

“I don’t like be­ing told what to do, I wanted my own rules and I wanted some­thing that I could call my own,” said Marci As­ton, owner of Clas­sic Beauty & Bar­ber. Th­ese were the main rea­sons she started her small business beauty salon and bar­ber shop. She started with get­ting only one hair­cut a week, and has grown over the past two years to in­clude other stylists at the salon and plans to ex­pand her business even more.

Marci grad­u­ated beauty school as the only stu­dent to re­ceive two diplo­mas at the Aveda In­sti­tute of Provo. One was her cos­me­tol­ogy de­gree, and the other was a cer­ti­fied diploma. She is cur­rently the only stu­dent to date to re­ceive this high honor and it shows with ev­ery cut or color she does. “I’m great at what I do and have the wall to prove it,” she said while point­ing to her wall of cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and diplo­mas. Pa­trons stop­ping in gladly wait to sit in her chair. “I’ve tried a half dozen sa­lons to get my hair cut just right, and Marci is the first to cut it per­fect. I couldn’t be hap­pier,” said one of her re­cent cus­tomers.

At­tracted by the small town charm, Marci chose Payson to set up her business, “I like the town of Payson and the peo­ple here. I love that any­where I go, peo­ple know who I am.” Marci wanted to bring that charm into her business and cre­ate a space where her guests feel at home. She met one of her goals this Oc­to­ber to achieve that by in­stalling a TV and cable so she and her guests could watch foot­ball, es­pe­cially the Pack­ers games.

She also wants other stylists to live the dream she is; be­ing their own boss, mak­ing their own hours and hav­ing a place to call their own. She met her new­est stylist, Kelly Mitchell, at Payson Golden Onion Days Car Show where Marci was host­ing a booth to pro­mote Clas­sic Beauty & Bar­ber. Kelly loved that she could be in a salon where she would ac­tu­ally have a space to call her own and she could per­son­al­ize it.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­mu­nity events is also an im­por­tant part of own­ing a business in Payson for Marci. “Be­ing in­volved in the com­mu­nity is the best ad­ver­tis­ing for my business. Plus you get to meet all the great peo­ple in town.”

She cur­rently serves on the board of the Payson Area Cham­ber of Com­merce and joins the Payson Onion Days cel­e­bra­tion dur­ing the pa­rade and car show. is year she cospon­sored a pa­rade oat with the mayor of Payson. She even had some­one dress up in a go­rilla suit and cut the go­rilla’s hair as they road on the pa­rade route. ere are many other com­mu­nity events Marci looks for­ward to in­clud­ing host­ing par­ties in her park­ing lot. is up­com­ing Small Business Satur­day she is co host­ing a turkey bowl on Novem­ber 29th with Lo­cal Ched­dar. ey are go­ing to toss frozen tur­keys down a cus­tom bowl­ing lane in her park­ing lot. She said her goal of the turkey bowl is, “to show peo­ple where I’m lo­cated and sec­ond to get peo­ple to the other side of Payson – be­cause we ex­ist and it is awe­some over here.” She also plans to spon­sor the Re­lay for Life event in mid June with her new­est stylist Kelly and host foot­ball par­ties and sum­mer BBQ’s in her park­ing lot. Marci has now been at her lo­ca­tion in Payson for two years. is Novem­ber, Marci and her sta want to thank the com­mu­nity for help­ing her be­come such a suc­cess­ful business with a guest ap­pre­ci­a­tion day. Come and Join Marci on Novem­ber 15th where she will have food, prizes and give­aways at her shop at 875 East 100 North.

Dawn N Davis

Marci As­ton and her new­est stylist Kelly Mitchell inside Clas­sic Beauty & Bar­ber.

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