Cutting Hair and Growing the Community
“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.
Marci Aston and her newest stylist Kelly Mitchell inside Classic Beauty & Barber.