By Dylan McCament, KnoxPages.com Reporter
MOUNT VERNON - When the opportunity came along recently, Dawn Kellenbarger decided to follow through on her long-held dream of running her own salon.
Kellenbarger's new business, The Diva Room, offers a variety of salon services to customers, including haircuts for women and men, manicures, pedicures, perms, color, updos and waxing. She said the salon, which opened May 18, is located at 300 Tilden Ave., Suite 1C, in the shopping plaza just a short distance from the Knox County License Bureau.
"I've always wanted to own a salon and to do nails," she said. "I am trying to make [The Diva Room] different."
Kellenbarger said she has tried to create a unique atmosphere by making some changes to the interior: installing chandeliers, changing the color of the salon and adding privacy curtains.
"I want it to be a place where girls can come in and relax," she said.
Kellenbarger was a longtime manager of the BMV in Mount Vernon and used to have her nails done at the salon, Nailz 4U & Hair, which had been been in business at the same location on Tilden Avenue before it closed recently. She said she learned the business was for sale and decided to make a career change.
"I thought how I would hate to see that site empty," she said. "I just want to make it grow. And I'm trying to make it grow."
Kellenbarger said she has two employees at the moment, adding that she plans to eventually have four or five, including another professional hair stylist and a few more nail technicians. She said that she herself plans to go school in September to become a nail technician.
"We are very professional," she said. "We only hire good people. We're friendly and do not like drama. We want to make sure customers are very satisfied before they leave."
Kellenbarger added that, if any customer is unhappy with the service they receive, a staff member will fix whatever they want.
Kellenbarger and the Knox County Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at The Diva Room on August 18, with an open house immediately afterwards.
Liz McVay, a nail technician at the Diva Room, does the nails of customer Cheryl Taylor. The Diva Room is a new salon open at 300 Tilden Ave., Suite 1C, in Mount Vernon - KP Photo by Dylan McCament
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