A new salon downtown aims to retain the intimacy of small town stores that have come and gone over the past few decades.
Located on West King Street in the “Old Cup-A-Joe” spot or, most recently, the home of a used book store, the narrow building with white paned windows has been given new life as The Parlour on King Salon and Spa.
Looking to foster community and gain customers through positive word of mouth, owners Lindsay Horne and Jessica Turner feel their salon’s name captures that feeling.
“Even when it came down to our name, we really wanted something that stuck to the heart of Hillsborough,” Horne said. “We just love ‘The Parlour,’ because we feel that back in the day, that’s what people called it – a beauty parlour, a nail parlour. We wanted to bring a little history into the name and keep ‘King Street,’ because we are excited to be downtown.”
The Parlour on King officially opened on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 120 W. King St., though their lease began almost two months ago on Dec. 1. An open house to celebrate their first two weeks in business is set for Saturday, Feb. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Since the start of December, throughout renovations, community members have knocked on the door, trying to get a peek at what the new spot would look like.
“I cut an 81-year-old woman’s hair the other day that grew up here,” Horne sais. “She watched the town, all of it, unfold.”
Once the home to a long and cramped coffee line, then tall shelves overflowing with books, the building seems to be the perfect fit for The Parlour.
Exposed brick walls have remained the same, though a wall was added to create two seperate rooms, one for hair styling and the other for facials, waxing, and nails.
A sliding barn door was added to the bathroom, a clever idea to save room in a tight space.
The concrete floor was cleaned, repaired, and painted charcoal gray with a gold-stamped pattern.
Horne, hair stylist, and Turner, esthetician and nail technician, are the duo that will greet and treat you at the salon.
When entering the salon, the space has been significantly brightened, due in part to light blue and white accent chairs and walls. Farmhouse furniture invite guests to sit and chat in the rooms that now feel vast.
Horne offers haircuts for men, women, and children and styling for weddings and prom. She specializes in coloring, and offers conditioning and treatments.
Turner offers facials, waxing, manicures and pedicures, and eyebrow and eyelash tinting.
The pair originally met at a salon in Mebane, where Turner did Horne’s nails.
Horne, a native of Hillsborough, previously owned and operated Cryslins Cut-N-Up Hair Studio located on N. Churton Street for 13 years. She left to start a family, she said, but less than two years later, upon meeting Turner, she knew she wanted to continue.
“I think as soon as we met it just clicked,” Horne said.
“We wanted something small and intimate for our clients, we didn’t want it to feel like a chain salon, or a chain spa, and we knew we just wanted it to be the two of us,” Horne said.
Turner, a resident of Hillsborough for the last 13 years, is excited their dream space was able to be brought to life.
“We just want this to be a welcoming and nurturing place,” she said. “We just want to take care of people.”
You can follow The Parlour on King Salon and Spa on Facebook or Instagram at @parlouronkingsalon. The Parlour on King’s Open House will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All guests will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize, which will include gift certificates for free services at The Parlour. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.