Community Responds with Ribbon-cutting Ceremony to Celebrate Accomplishment

A group of people gathered for the ribbon-cutting of the Scottsville Hair Studio. Photo by Elizabeth Murray

The path to success for a small business owner is tough to navigate even during a healthy economy.  Throw in a pandemic, and the forecast becomes more precarious.  According to Yelp’s recently-released Economic Impact Report, 60% of the 164,000 businesses that have closed during the past six months will remain permanently closed (Sept. 16, 2020).

These statistics might dissuade some from opening a new business right now, but Bill Barham-Burns isn’t your average business owner.  At 6’4” with tattoos and earrings, there probably isn’t much that would prevent this entrepreneur from realizing his lifelong dream.

“Since entering the industry twenty years ago, many things have changed—products, training, services, and styles.  But for me, one thing has never changed:  my commitment to making people feel good about themselves.”

On Sunday, November 1, the Scottsville community helped Barham-Burns celebrate this much-anticipated opening with a socially-distanced ribbon-cutting ceremony at 30 Main Street in Scottsville, NY.  Guest speakers include Village of Scottsville Mayor Eileen Hanson and members of the Greater Wheatland Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hanson, who grew up in Scottsville, recalls the many businesses that have resided in the 1800s building now called “Scottsville Hair Studio.”  One of the most well-known historic structures on Main Street, Hanson is happy to see the lights on and renovations that are taking place. “We are very excited to welcome a new business to the Village.  We are proud of our community and believe the hair studio will help create an even more vibrant Main Street.”

Recognizing the historical significance of the building, Barham-Burns approached renovations with an aesthetic that maintains the historic integrity while infusing modern, industrial nuances.  The original dark wainscoting and benches that span the length of the studio are balanced with neutral tones, stylish rugs, contemporary stations, eclectic lighting, vintage artwork, and rich, buttery furniture.  Another main staple in Scottsville Hair Studio?  Fresh, seasonal flowers.  Always fresh flowers.

“I have a very clear vision of the experience that I want my clients to have.  People are grappling with a lot these days—the uncertainty of COVID, an unpredictable economy, the stress of working and learning from home, and missing every-day, “normal” activities and interactions.  I want my clients to feel comfortable and pampered.  I want men, women, children, teens, and seniors to feel welcome.  If I can provide a little bit of luxury and service during an otherwise chaotic day, I’m meeting my mission.”

After 20 years as a stylist, Barham-Burns has built a strong reputation and clientele that could follow him anywhere.  When looking for the ideal location to open his first studio, he considered several towns and properties—but ultimately felt drawn to the Village of Scottsville.  “My husband and I have lived here for six years, met wonderful people, and made the village our home.  I want to continue to be a part of the community that has supported me for years.”

“The relationship that clients have with their stylist is very personal,” Barham-Burns continues.  “In a way, they are entrusting a part of their identity to me.  It’s a privilege that I take very seriously.  I’ve had the honor of helping people prepare for special occasions like weddings and proms, and I’ve also been humbled to serve those who are struggling.  I’ve witnessed the joy of a child getting a new haircut – and have made house calls to those who can no longer go out.”

For now, Scottsville Hair Studio will provide an array of hair services including color, cut, style, barbering and waxing.  In 2021, the Phase II expansion will include spa services.
For more information about Scottsville Hair Studio, visit https://www.scottsvillehair.com/ or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

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