Melanie Stoddard, owner of Blush Salon and Boutique, faced a dilemma last fall. She learned the building that housed her business on Maple Street in downtown Fishers was to be torn down.
“I was in a panic because everything was either large retail spaces or very expensive small spaces,” Stoddard said. “I was worried I would have to go down back to a one-person salon, so I decided to send Mayor (Scott) Fadness an email.”
Stoddard explained she loved being a small business owner in Fishers but feared she wouldn’t be able to find a space that worked for her. She was contacted the next day by Megan Baumgartner, Economic Development director for Fishers. An ideal site was available in the Spark Building by Envoy.
“It’s actually a better location than where I was,” Stoddard said. “Now, I get more visibility and foot traffic. It was so nice to have some support from other people in the community. I just really think we need to see more of that in our area.”
Stoddard and her staff moved into their new space May 10.
“I actually have a little more room in the location now, so I have a couple more stylists with me,” Stoddard said. “I was able to keep my boutique going, which supports other small businesses. I love supporting local artists. I know how much time and effort people put into things, so selling those items in my boutique is a win-win for everybody.”
To celebrate the move, Blush Salon and Boutique will conduct a grand-opening ceremony June 15 from 4 to 8 p.m.
“We’ll have door prizes, special promotions, demos of hair services, mini make-up sessions and refreshments,” Stoddard said. “Everyone is welcome to come meet us and see what we’re all about.”
For more, visit blushsalonboutique.com.