JAMESTOWN – A new hair salon catering to African American styles opened in Jamestown on Saturday.
Brenda Sledge-Stewart, owner of Glorious Beauty Salon and Supplies, says there are not many salons that specifically serve the black community in town and that the services she provides are unique to the area.
“Especially the older African American adults, they need it and are looking for people than can do their hair the ‘old fashioned way’ with the big rollers and they set it,” explained Sledge-Stewart. “I do silk press also, a lot of people are going for that style now, to make African American straight.”
Sledge-Stewart says a lot of work went into opening the businesses and it was always a dream of hers to open her own salon.
“When I was in college, I had to do a business report, and I wrote it on Glorious Beauty Salon and Supplies,” said Sledge-Stewart. “When I got sick this year, I realized you had to do what you want to do in life to get what you want out of life, I wanted to do this for years, and I finally got to do it.”
She says the opening wouldn’t have happened without help from her husband Uvie.
“We spent some time fixing up (the salon), we just finished the new door this morning, we’ve added new flooring (and) painting,” explained Stewart. “It came together pretty quickly.”
The husband and wife duo couldn’t have imagined opening during a worldwide pandemic, but they say the community has been very supportive of their dream so far.
“The COVID virus put an extra twist on it, so we had to do extra things to make sure everybody’s safe,” explained Stewart.
Customers are scheduled one at a time, or together as a household. Additionally, each visitor has their temperature checked and are required to wear face coverings.
“Everybody has to wait, or wait in the parking lot to have their hair done for our protection and also our community protection, because our numbers are going up,” furthered Sledge-Stewart.
Currently the salon is open by appointment only. Sledge-Stewart is looking to hire two stylists, a braider and barber to work in her shop.
The salon is located at 2 Chapman St in Jamestown. To contact staff, the public may call (716) 294-3009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.