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Buzz opens in Pottery Place

Lisa Hewes, left, Teri Rolen and Barb Wangen recently opened The Buzz Hair Studio -- a full-service salon for men, women and children -- on the first floor of Pottery Place. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)

For 13 years, hairstylists Teri Rolen, Lisa Hewes and Barb Wangen worked side by side at The Salon. But in early 2013, owner Cory Axelson decided to sell the South Tyler Road building and discontinue the business, the three women said.

That, they said, was the impetus for them to start their own salon, something they have wanted to do for some time.

"We wanted our own direction," Wangen said. "It's always been our dream. We've been dear friends for many years."

On June 1, the friends officially opened the Buzz Hair Studio, located on the first floor of Pottery Place Historic Center, 2000 W. Main St.

The space was previously a clothing store, and before the salon could open, extensive renovations were needed.

"Completely new floors, new walls, all the plumbing, everything," Hewes said.

With the help of a designer, the three choose what they call a "rustic elegance" style for the salon. They painted the walls in deep tones; red chandeliers hang from the ceiling throughout the space and exposed brick can be seen on some of the walls.

"We wanted to tie in to the Pottery Place, the new with the old," Wangen said.

The Buzz is a full-service salon that will offer a widerange of hair services for men, women and children. The salon will carry a full line of Moroccanoil hair and skin care products - the only Red Wing salon to do so, the women said - as well as Kenra and L'ANZA products.

Currently, the Buzz employs five stylists in addition to Hewes, Wangen and Rolen. The three said that they are looking to add at least one more stylist.

"It's a lot of experience," Wangen said, adding she, Rolen and Hewes each has nearly 30 years of hairstyling experience. Many of the other stylists have years of experience as well.

"It's a very positive, vibrant team," Wangen said.

Philippe Petit, who co-owns Pottery Place with Susan Jasko, said the salon has been a welcome addition and is increasing foot traffic in the center.

"It's brought in a whole bunch of people," he said. "We're so happy that they're there."

Petit added that typically, many of Pottery Place's guests are tourists. With the salon now open, he said that it's bringing in more local customers.

"Much more (local people) than before. It's increasing all the time," he said. "That's what we want to do."

The traffic in Pottery Place has proven beneficial for the salon as well, the women said. Since the salon opened last month, business has been steady.

"It's a big advantage for product sales and new clients," Wangen said.

"You're not going to find a salon like this," Rolan added. "It's unique."

What: The Buzz Hair Studio

Where: 2000 Old West Main St., Suite 106

Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday; by appointment Saturday-Sunday

More info:, The Buzz Hair Studio on Facebook, 651-385-5828

Sarah Gorvin
Sarah Gorvin has been with the Republican Eagle for two years and covers education, business and crime and courts. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2010 with a  journalism degree.