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Liz Parenteau owns Hairhouse Studio with her husband, Joel. The salon is located at 115D Elm St., in downtown Farmington.

Hairhouse Studio owners have come to enjoy running their own business

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Liz Parenteau wasn't sure she wanted to be a business owner, but the role seems to suit her.

For a little more than a year now, Parenteau and her husband, Joel, have owned Hairhouse Studio in Farmington. They bought the former Sports Cuts Salon in March of last year and transformed it from a sports-themed barber shop to something that better fit their interests. They changed the red-and-white color scheme into something more neutral and took the framed jerseys off of the wall.

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Liz Parenteau wasn't necessarily looking to be her own boss owner, but she was ready for the opportunity when it came. She's been working with hair for the past 10 years and she had been at Sports Cuts since it opened. When that salon's owner decided to retire, he approached her with the opportunity to buy.

"My husband has always had it, like, we should own a business of some sort," Parenteau said. "I don't know that I was always that, so it was a stretch for me. But now that we're in it, I really enjoy it.

"It was such a good opportunity that was given to us that we really felt like it would be wrong to pass it up."

Parenteau saw the move as an opportunity to advance in her career, and to make a difference in the community. She has already held one fundraiser at the shop, and as the business grows -- expansion is still a ways off, but the topic has come up -- she would like to donate a percentage of profits to charitable causes.

She also has enjoyed the opportunity to work with the salon's stylists and to help them grow.

Aside from the decor, operations at the salon are much like they were before the Parenteaus took over. Sports Cuts was a full-service salon under its old ownership, though Parenteau said women sometimes had trouble seeing past the jock-friendly theme to discover everything that was available. They have added ear piercing and Malibu treatments.

Hairhouse kept the televisions that Sports Cuts hung at the stylists' chairs. They can show cartoons when kids come in for a cut.

"We wanted it to be really family friendly," Parenteau said. "Our stylists are all experienced. I'm really picky about who I hire."

Just like a good business owner should be.

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Nathan Hansen
Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.
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