GREENFIELD — The big, brick building that caught the eyes of many when moved down Ind. 9 is now settled-in, open for business. Studio Collective had its soft opening on January 2.
After 10 years of salon service, Lindsay Parker realized her growing business in McCordsville needed a second location. Not long after that, the second location had become full as well.
After deciding that the third time’s the charm, Parker and her husband were looking at real estate for their next expansion and found that location in Greenfield at 1615 Fields Boulevard.
“We saw it was already broken up exactly like we needed it to be,” said Parker about the layout of the building. “Since it was already perfectly set up, we thought, ‘Let’s give it a go in Greenfield.’”
Parker said that, with the amount of beauty professionals in Greenfield, they felt this was a good opportunity and option for those stylists to be able to expand into a private suite for their services.
There are 24 suits total in the building, with a beverage bar, laundry room and kitchen downstairs, with the upstairs to soon have another beverage bar and a seating area while clients wait for their appointments.
Ideally, Parker said she would eventually like to have a little boutique area at the front for clients to shop while they wait for their appointments, hair color to process, etc.
While Parker no longer does hair services herself due to running the multiple locations and taking care of her three boys, she was initially exposed to the field because her mom was a stylist, allowing her to be around the environment all the time and enjoy working with people.
Parker said that while she misses doing hair and seeing her clientele, owning these businesses is rewarding because she is able to help others be able to establish themselves, providing them the foundation to get started.
Her favorite part is seeing the many people grow in their careers while also having full control, such as decorating each space to their own style and picking out different paint colors.
“It’s an industry where you can take it as far as you want to,” said Parker, explaining that stylists can come and go, making their own hours that fit their lifestyles to eventually opening up their own salon if someone wishes to.
“The opportunities are really endless within the beauty industry,” Parker said.
Parker said that during her years, she feels grateful and has found wonderful people in staff as well as clientele and neighborhood businesses.
“I always say that all the salons have been a labor of love,” Parker said. “They have taken lots of work and lots of planning — blood, sweat and tears — but at the end of the day, once it’s all over you can step back and look at those and realize that it’s an accomplishment — not only for us, but for all of the people that will come and establish themselves and create a foundation for themselves and their lives.”
Currently, there are 10 of the 24 rented, and while the spaces currently house just hair and eyelashes, Parker said these suites are open to multiple different services such as estheticians that do massages and facials, tattoo artists, IV therapy and more.
“There is an opportunity for many different beauty and health professionals or body art and that sort of thing, to rent space here as well,” said Parker, explaining that’s why they name the business Studio Collective. “We would like for it to be a collective of different people doing different things.”
Spaces start at a flat rate of $180 a week, which also includes WiFi.
Studio Collective will have an open house from 1-4 p.m. on Feb. 4 where people can come in and look around, seeing the available spaces and endless opportunities.