SOUTHWICK — Business partners Kaitlin Grenon and Makila McKay, owners of Salon Sage+, came together to create a unique salon that offers its clients more than beautiful hair.
The women have done just that at Salon Sage+, which is having a ribbon-cutting celebration Nov. 1 at 320 College Highway.
“Salon Sage+ is a full experience,” McKay said. “We truly want to help support people in their evolution and in their self-care practices. Not only do we do all hair services and specialize in bridal, we offer holistic spa services such as massage therapy, nutrient IV therapy, reiki energy healing, astrology, spiritual readings, and we have local small businesses retail displayed throughout the salon to make it accessible to support and shop small.”
Grenon, a Chicopee native who lives in Westfield, has been in this industry since high school, when she worked as an assistant at a Chicopee salon. Grenon didn’t always aspire to own a salon, or even be a stylist.
“I wanted to go to school for psychology, but needed an outlet for my creativity,” Grenon said. “I very quickly realized that this job combined both of my interests. As time went on I grew a beautiful clientele, and transitioned from working for someone, to working for myself, to owning a small salon, to owning a larger salon and wellness center.”
McKay, of Enfield, attended a Paul Mitchell school in Rhode Island and became an educator and a stylist right away.
A certified color specialist, McKay grew up in a family salon and always knew she had a passion for this industry.
“Both of our favorite part about being a stylist is that you have this amazing, established clientele who you get to share in so many parts of their lives — the connections you make with people last a lifetime. People truly feel like they become like family and friends,” she said.
Grenon and McKay realized early into their partnership that a wellness center was something they wanted to add to their salon. When they saw an opportunity in Southwick, McKay said they “quickly made that dream a reality with lots of hard work and dedication, and support from family.”
The partners said the atmosphere they intend to create is a supportive, welcoming, cozy environment that makes everyone feel at home.
“We want people to be able to feel like our space is a break from everything going on that doesn’t serve them and can look and feel beautiful physically and emotionally when they leave,” McKay said.
In addition to the ribbon cutting and small celebration on Nov. 1, they plan to host a grand opening party after the new year.
Currently, the Salon Sage+ hours vary because the stylists and spa service providers are self-employed.
“We are typically open Tuesday through Saturday, but some services are offered Sunday and Monday, dependent on the person’s schedule. Our goal is to have a beautiful space that people can escape to for the utmost self-care,” McKay said. “We want to create a one-stop shop for people to truly take care of themselves and feel good about themselves beyond just the beauty side of things, but their bodies, their mind, and their spirit as well. We also thrive on supporting local businesses and share about them constantly as that is so important to us!”
For more information, visit Salon Sage+ on Facebook, at salonsage.com, or call 413-276-0428.