GARDNER – There is a new vibe in the air downtown.
The Vibe Studio hair salon, which has been open considering the fact that March 2020, celebrated its official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, June 6.
Surrounded by city officers and co-personnel, owner Eric DeJackome borrowed a pair of oversized, non-salon regulation scissors from the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce to cut the ribbon in entrance of his studio at 33 Pleasant Street.
DeJackome claimed he was grateful for all of the support the group experienced proven him due to the fact he first opened his company in the previous Gardner Co-Operative Financial institution making. He stated it was a obstacle to set up his new enterprise all through the top of the pandemic shutdown, but that he had little question he could make it do the job.
“It was slow likely at initial because there had been only four of us (stylists), but now, like myself, there are nine of us – 8 stylists and (Ryan Akin), our therapeutic massage therapist,” DeJackome explained, adding that he was not very completed increasing his business. “I surely have space for extra stylists.”
Stylist Denise Cerrati also offers a yoga course at the salon just about every Sunday, he included.
DeJackome said he would ultimately like to present supplemental providers, which includes lashes, nails and pores and skin treatment.
“I definitely want to provide in anything that would gain the place, specially like things that you can not get around in this article,” he stated. “I just want to provide far more to the neighborhood, additional to the city. I genuinely just want this (salon) to be its individual small hub and have all forms of items heading on in this article.”
DeJackome stated he was pleased to be the most up-to-date enterprise around the earlier handful of months to formally open in the city. He said one of his plans when he initial opened his doorways two many years ago was to exhibit that organizations could be effective in the downtown spot.
“I want to be one particular of the good reasons this city gets revived, and I really feel like it just can take a person phase to get there, just a single person to kind of established the pattern,” he spelled out. “And I was kind of hoping to do that when I acquired this area.”
Jessica DeRoy, the city’s financial advancement director, mentioned she appreciated the truth that DeJackome experienced the confidence to open up his enterprise during the pandemic.
“(The salon) survived, then thrived, and we’re listed here to aid them rejoice,” she claimed.
State Rep. Jonathon Zlotnik, D-Gardner, mentioned the achievements of Vibe Studio was an indication that the city’s downtown spot was on an economic upswing. He claimed another signal items had been heading in the proper route was the quantity of building and renovation activity he observed on his shorter stroll more than from Metropolis Corridor.
“I saw buildings with scaffolding, a couple much more with individuals in hardhats heading in and out – I assume it reveals the sum of investments and new business exercise, and reinvigorated commercial exercise, likely on in the metropolis of Gardner, precisely the downtown location,” Zlotnik claimed.
Mayor Michael Nicholson said the grand opening of a further prosperous organization in the city’s downtown shows that genuine economic progress is ongoing in the space.
“This is the seventh ribbon-cutting we’ve experienced this year in Gardner alone, and when Vibe has been here for a while, they opened through the pandemic and just weren’t ready to have their official ribbon-chopping right until now, and that just reveals the resilience of this business enterprise,” Nicholson said.