For Sarah, who graduated from Glendale High School in 1996, owning her own salon is definitely a dream come true. “I always wanted to have my own salon, but I didn’t want to rush into it,” she says. “There’s just something really neat about investing in a business that has so much history behind it.” “Everyone seems to have a story about this place and I love that,” she adds. Interestingly enough, Sarah
had a chance to buy the salon on two prior occasions before saying yes to the opportunity this spring. “This time the timing was right,” she says. “I really liked my previous salon, but after you’ve been approached three times with an opportunity, you kind of think, ‘Hmm…maybe I am really meant to do this,’” she says. Originally trained as an esthetician, Sarah now does a bit of everything—including hair styling. “Footcare is my passion,” she says. “But with the busy lives people lead today, it’s nice to be able to offer the full range of services in one place.” A few years ago, Sarah became certified to work on clients with diabetes and circulation issues. “Proper foot care is important at any age, but it’s especially important for my senior clients,” says Sarah. As for her future plans for Lux, Sarah is determined to honour the salon’s history, and Michael’s legacy in particular. “I’d love for us to be as well known as Michael’s Coiffures was in its heyday,” she says. “When people come here, I want them to be able to relax knowing that everything is being done to the highest standard.”
(Middle) In June, Sarah Balega became the new owner of Lux Salon and Spa. Born and raised in the Tillsonburg area, she has 20 years experience in esthetics and hairstyling.
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