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New business, Medusa’s Hair Parlour, to open in Hastings this month

Amanda Cherry will open Medusa’s Hair Parlour later this month. (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)

Ever since she received her first mannequin head at 8 years old, Amanda Cherry has known she wanted to work in a hair salon. Later this month, her dream of owning her own salon will come true, too. Medusa’s Hair Parlour will be opening in downtown Hastings near the corner of Vermillion and Fourth streets.

“It’s something I’ve wanted to do for such a long time,” Cherry said.

Cherry said the style of her salon is going to be very unique. It will be very vintage, which goes along the style of the building. She said she will have lots of upcycled and antique items in the salon that will not be found anywhere else including items that she has reupholstered herself.

“I think it’s really important to have a good vibe going when you walk into the door and that’s something I’m going to focus on 100 percent,” she said.

The name of her salon is also unique. Medusa is part of a constellation in the sky. According to Greek mythology, Medusa was a woman who had snakes instead of hair. If anyone looked at her, they would immediately be turned to stone.

Cherry said she loved the artistic part of Medusa and just knew that would be her salon name. The name went well with the vibe of her salon.

“I feel like it’s a little edgy and there is history to it, she’s an antique in herself,” she said.

The salon will be a full service salon offering services from cuts and colors to makeup and hair extension to full body waxing and more. Cherry will have five employees that have a range of experience levels – from one year to 11 years experience.

Cherry has been planning to open the salon for about a year and she said she has had a lot of supporters helping her along the way. One of those supporters is Jeanette Johnson, manager of the Hastings Beauty School.

Johnson was the one who gave Cherry her very first mannequin head. She was also the only one to cut her hair when she was a child. Cherry used to go to the salon with her mother and Johnson noticed the strong interest she had in hair from a young age.

“Here was this little girl in here, who loved the mannequins,” Johnson said, “you could just see it, she wanted to do that hair.”

That is the reason Johnson gifted Cherry with a mannequin head; otherwise, the little girl in the salon would have started cutting the mannequins that belonged to students at the school. Johnson remembers the girl braiding and backcombing and sticking rollers here and there and she said she is excited to see Cherry’s salon open up.

“She’s got that power behind her to get what she wants to succeed, she will definitely succeed,” Johnson said.

Originally from Cottage Grove, Cherry spent a lot of time in Hastings when she went to school at Hastings Beauty School downtown. She said she fell in love with the city and its history, art, culture and the fact that it’s a river town.

She said she is happy to have her salon located in Hastings and would not only like to have a successful salon, but she hopes to also be involved in the community. She said she has plans to be part of major city events like Rivertown Days and other community events as they pop up.

Cherry said she can’t wait to get the word out that they are in the community.

“I’m very excited to show Hastings what we can do,” she said.

Medusa’s Hair Parlour will hold an open house Aug. 19 from 5-8 p.m. at 403 Vermillion St. Snacks, refreshments and door prizes will be provided. The salon will open for business on Aug. 20. It will offer a discount from the opening day through Aug. 27.

Hours of operation will be Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The phone number is 651-437-4884.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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