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New Scott Depot spa features independent business owners for the various spa specialties

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

TEAYS VALLEY -- If you have often wished for a new hair color or a different hair style, but you were afraid to take that first important step, or maybe everyday stresses have made you long for some special pampering, a new Scott Depot spa might be just the ticket.

High Cotton Gallery, located at 4303 Teays Valley Road, left of Speedway and directly across from Scott Teays Elementary, is open and ready to schedule an appointment for hair or for massage therapy.

According to Artistic Stylist Becky Crawford, her hair salon, called "Sprout Salon," is part of a new concept for this area in that it will be part of High Cotton Gallery, a spa that features independent business owners for the various spa specialties.

"Clients will be able to come to me for a fabulous hair salon experience alone or pop into any of the other studios for a manicure, pedicure, massage or facial," she said.

Crawford, former owner of Affinity Salon, said the name Sprout Salon came to her in a round-about way. After relocating her business several times, the 25-year hair-care veteran said she wanted a name that described her journey.

"It's a cute name for a salon -- I'm sprouting up everywhere," she said, laughing.

However, she has now found an ideal place with an ideal location where she can call home. The building where the group is located is owned by Doug Tate, who is renting to the various studios.

"Doug Tate and I talked a year ago about opening a spa in Teays Valley. We couldn't find the right location. You need the right space for parking, and the building has to be set up right for a spa," she said.

Tate gutted the house and he and Crawford designed it especially for the new businesses. Along with Crawford's hair salon, the Gallery also features massage therapy. To complete the spa experience, they have one more business to add.

"Our goal is to get a manicurist/pedicurist; someone who would like to have their own business," she said. "They will be their own boss," she added.

Crawford, who has attended both cosmetology and barber schools, is well qualified in hair care.

"I am equally comfortable doing both men's and women's hair styles," she said.

The former Pittsburgh resident is also a master colorist.

"I'm a certified colorist, which is like a masters in hair coloring. I am one of the few certified colorists in the state," she said.

Crawford said she trained in hair coloring in Columbus, Ohio, from Debra McCann. She then took a certification test in Los Angeles.

"It's like being a chemist/artist. It is all about background color," she said. She will also offer facials, permanent makeup and full body waxing.

In addition to the hair salon, massage therapist Victoria Malone offers several areas of massage, one of which is reflexology, which involves massaging the feet and calf muscles in a way that alleviates pain all over the body. For those ladies who are pregnant, she provides a specially designed massage where the woman lies on her side and receives low back massage and a foot and ankle massage that is safe for the mother and baby. She also offers the standard Swedish massage, which is a one-hour, full-body massage.

Crawford believes the new salon will offer something not easily found in the area.

"We want to be a full-serve salon, but like a health spa," she said. "It is my passion and I take pride in making sure that every client I see has a great experience while they are with me."

She said she believes the salon and spa will be a great addition to Teays Valley.

"I am very excited for what will be the best salon in the area and am accepting new clients," Crawford said.

Sprout Salon is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To make an appointment with Crawford, call 304-389-6511.

Malone's massage business is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. To make an appointment, call 304-710-6882.

BUSINESS IS BOOMING in Putnam County. Along with the new Sprout Salon/High Cotton Gallery, another business had a ribbon cutting ceremony this week -- Serendipity Cupcakes.

See pictures from Seredipity Cupcakes on page 6A.