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A ‘heartbreaking’ start

Beni Sue’s Salon forced to reschedule grand opening after flood

By Anne Carmichael
For The Jessamine Journal

Beni Parsons opened her new Beni Sue’s Salon last month, and planned a mid-October grand opening, but a pipe malfunction in an upstairs unit has caused the shop to temporarily close its doors.
Shortly before the Grand Opening, Beni Sue’s Salon, located at 120 N. Main St., was completely flooded, Parsons said. Water damaged nearly everything from flooring to walls. At this time, Parsons said they are working around the clock to repair the damage, but a projected date to re-open has not been set.
“We’re having to replace everything,” Parsons said. “Floors, sub-flooring, drywall, paint, it was all ruined. Fortunately, we had insurance, but it was heartbreaking because we’d worked so hard to make my dream of having my own shop come true. It was so beautiful, but it will be again.”
Parsons is originally from Berea where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice.
“When I first came to Jessamine County, I worked here in Nicholasville in the court system, but hair and cosmetology are my passion,” Parsons said. “I’m where I need and want to be now. I have 24 years of experience as a hairdresser and cosmology instructor.”
In addition to basic hair care services, such as cuts and styling, the salon will also provide hair coloring, perms, nails, makeup, facial waxing and eyelash extensions. At the present time, Parsons is the only hairstylist, but she will be looking for other qualified and experienced hairdressers to rent booth space in the salon.
“I already have a great clientele,” Parsons said.
“This location on Main Street is excellent. We’re right in the center of downtown at the corner of Walnut and Main next to Alternative Jewelry, so there’s a constant flow of traffic. I have many years of experience, so a new hairdresser can learn a lot from me.”
Former colleague, Candace Renaud said, “Beni Sue is one of the best hairstylists I know. I had the pleasure of working under her leadership and learned so much. She’s truly a highly talented and well-rounded person/stylist. I wish her all the best.”
Client Mary Grace May agrees, stating, “Beni is a great hairstylist. She’s very friendly and treats everyone like family. (She has) very reasonable prices.”
Parsons is looking forward to greeting the community and sharing her new location with residents as soon as repairs are completed and the salon is restored to its original state.
“I want to thank all my clients for their patience during this difficult time,” Parsons said.
“We’re working really hard to restore the shop to the beautiful space it was prior to the flood. I know that when we’re finished, it will once again be a place where you’ll be comfortable and enjoy the surroundings. Please watch for news of our grand re-opening.”