CAIRO - After cutting hair for 11 years, Dawn Suttmeier has decided to open her own salon.
Her Olde Towne Hair Shoppe, which opened Oct. 1 at 618 Main St. in Cairo, aims to provide a “warm, friendly country setting,” she said.
The salon offers a stripped-down, customer-oriented approach to cutting hair. They avoid add-ons and extra charges wherever they can to keep prices low for the business and for the customer.
“When we say we’re going to wash, cut, and blow dry your hair, we don’t charge extra for the conditioner,” she said.
They only take cash to lower costs, they don’t rush customers in and out of the chairs, and-- Suttmeier is insistent about this-- they don’t sell hair care products. She doesn’t want to be in the business of pressuring customers to buy products as they sit in the chair for a cut, she said.
“We won’t do that. We will not,” she said. “If they like our products, we’ll tell them where they can purchase them.”
Suttmeier has worked in other salons in the Cairo and Catskill area, and was turned off by the emphasis on product sales and quick customer turnover.
“I wanted to have a salon where there’s no stress on the people to get em in, get em out, rush em in, rush em out,” she said. “It’s a more relaxed atmosphere.”
Business has been slow but loyal since her opening, said Suttmeier. Some of her regular clients who followed her there have been pleased with the appearance and atmosphere of the salon, she said.
And it wasn’t only customers who followed her.
Suttmeier was joined at the Olde Towne Hair Shoppe by Kayley Jansen, a co-worker from another salon.
“I love working with Dawn,” she said. “It’s easy here, less stressful.”
In the future, Suttmeier could see hiring up to two more hair stylists. For now, she’s hoping to add new customers to her base of regulars.
The salon serves men, women and children, with hair cuts starting at $15, Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.