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Melissa Topey • Mar 13, 2014 at 6:10 PM

For Jessica Fillmore, a new year meant a rebirth, of sorts, for her business, Pin-Ups Salon.

Fillmore decided to make a lifestyle change and moved her salon in December from a commercial building into her beautiful 1860s-built Victorian home at 322 Madison St. She wanted to focus once again on her clients and let running a commercial salon business go.

“I realized being in my home, which I love, and being with my children is more important,” Fillmore said.

Fillmore remodeled two rooms of her home, turning them into a fullservice salon with light purple walls and white trim to accent the original trim. The furniture gives the salon the feel of a friend’s home.

“I want you to feel comfortable,” Fillmore said. “I don’t want it to be so modern that it’s uncomfortable”

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Pin-Ups Salon is currently offering a special on the hot trend of gel nail polish. They are offering the service, which normally costs $35 in other salons, for $20.

Her new salon sports a facial bed, a manicure and pedicure station and a full-on wash station.

“I love to do color, eyebrow shaping,” said Fillmore, who has been a stylist for 18 years. “Really, I love all aspects of what I do ... It’s an art. To me, I am an artist. I love the relationships I have had with people”

Fillmore started Pin-Ups five years ago as a Paul Mitchell salon.

“We were constantly going to classes” Fillmore said.

That philosophy of education continues still, for Fillmore and for her clients.

She wants her clients to have that personal style at all times, not just when they visit her, and so she teaches them.

“They have to be able to then recreate it at home” she said.

Jen Gedeon, of Port Clinton, has been a Pin-Ups client for about four years.

“She’s great. She listens to you and then tells you what she thinks,” Gedeon said. “She gives you something that is even better than what you were thinking”

Fillmore even offers a wedding-day travel service to style the hair of the bridal party and help them get ready for the big day. She also designs headpieces for brides.

“I want to be able to help women be what they can be” Fillmore said.

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