WEST PITTSTON — Bella Mia Hair Salon is not a typical hair parlor — it’s also an antiques store.
Owner Kim Weidlich, 47, is a fan of both aspects of business and once had a hair salon in Pittston for 13 years before opening an antique store in Jim Thorpe.
Her passion for both prompted her to open a business in West Pittston.
“I want people not only to come here just to get their hair done but while they’re getting their hair done, they can shop,” Weidlich said. “That’s a big aspect because all women like to shop. There is stuff for men and women in this store. I want everyone to come here and feel welcomed.”
The business is currently open, but a grand opening ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7.
The antiques store and hair salon are both located in the front of Bella Mia Hair Salon, with a small counter dividing the two.
Many of the antiques Weidlich has for sale include knick-knacks such as table decorations, old soda bottles, small tables and chairs.
The chairs are posh furniture, meaning they are fashionable and exclusive and Weidlich made some of them herself.
“I redo furniture and put my own twist on them,” she said. “I was a little frustrated with my artistic abilities and over last winter I started creating furniture and I had about 30 pieces. I said, ‘What am I going to do with these 30 pieces of furniture?’ That’s when I started creating posh furniture designs.”
The hair salon offers cuts and colors and Weidlich hopes to one day offer manicures.
Weidlich is one of two employed at the salon. She runs the hair salon and the antiques shop while the other employee offers massage therapy and yoga. A third employee will be hired shortly.
With the art revitalization happening in Pittston City, Weidlich wants Bella Mia Hair Salon to offer an artsy feeling and would like to have local artists display their work in her storefront.
“I want to feature a new local artist every month,” she said. “It can be photography, jewelry, paintings or whatever it could be. I definitely want to start doing that and I want to bring the arts to West Pittston.”
A West Pittston native, Weidlich is happy to work in the place she calls home and is thrilled with the warm welcome borough residents have given her.
“I love West Pittston,” she said. “The people have welcomed me so much into this community and it’s unbelievable. They come in and say ‘Welcome here’ and ‘I can’t wait to come in.’ It’s really nice and I grew up in West Pittston, so it’s like I’m coming back home.”
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