Hair salon gets makeover
Jun 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM
From its name to its iconic barber pole, Port Clinton residents know Country Gentlemen has been around for decades.
The hair salon is a fixture in town, nestled between Adams Street Park and Madison Street..
After 50 years, it's getting a new look.
Owner Debbie Hymore-Tester opened CG Nail Bar last week next-door to Country Gentlemen.
Customers now have the chance to brush up their nails before or after their hair appointment.
"In business, you have to try to reinvent yourself," Hymore-Tester said.
She recently hired the youthfully exuberant Jennifer Majoy to run the nail salon.
Majoy said customers will enjoy the stores' proximity.
"The name of the game is convenience," Majoy said.
Majoy said the business' first week was a success, but she expects many more to flock to the store's comfy leather seats as word continues to get out.
CG Nair Bar offers a multitude of service at reasonable prices, Majoy said:
-Manicures for $20
-French manicures for $25
-Gel polish for $25
-Pedicure for $35
-Express pedicure for $25
Although these services are often associated with women, Hymore-Tester and Majoy both said men would feel good if they broke stereotypes in pursuit of a pedicure.
Still, it's a subject perhaps the women know best.
"(Pedicures and manicures) make you feel pretty, they make you feel healthy," Majoy said. "Some men even enjoy getting their feet done."
The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Wednesdays, the store is open until 6 p.m., and it closes at 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Hymore-Tester said hours are subject to changes when she adds more personnel to her staff, a task she is working on now.
Port Clinton residents may better know Hymore-Tester from her time served in the mayor's chair or on city council.
She said business and public work have similarities and differences.
"In both, you need to work with employees," Hymore-Tester said. "You don't feel above people you work with, and that is something I did when I was mayor."
But she enjoys the flexibility the business world offers.
"You can't run a government like a business with rules and regulations," Hymore-Tester said.