REED CITY — Heather Hammar celebrated the opening of her new hair-cutting business in downtown Reed City, Blown Away Salon, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 22.

Hammar has been in the salon industry for 20 years and has worked in Reed City her entire career.

"It was a dream of mine from my earliest years as a stylist to own my own salon, but after starting a family, I had decided to no longer pursue that goal," Hammar said. "In March, I decided to spread my wings and start pursuing my dream again."

She said she was out for a walk downtown one morning and noticed the space at 106 Upton Ave. was vacant. After finding out who owned the building, she made arrangements to take a look at it.

"After our first walk-through, my husband looked at me and said, 'Absolutely, let's do this,'" she said.

They signed a lease on Aug. 1 and went to work. They drew up a floor plan, went to the clerk's office to register the business's name and started demolition.

"We worked seven days a week for the next three months," Hammar said. "My husband, daughter and I spent more time in that building than we did at home."

Blown Away Salon opened for business on Nov. 4.

"I am pleased to say I have a great staff who believed in my vision and we were able to open the business in early November as planned," Hammar added. "We all love working downtown. the community has graciously accepted us and we are excited to be part of the upcoming holiday celebration."

The salon is opened on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There are five stylists available to serve customers — Maria Lenahan, Missy Powell, Kelly Kachatarian, Amber Lintemuth and Hammar.

"Without this great staff, I wouldn't be able to have a salon that I am confident in," Hammar said. "Most of all, none of this would be possible without the love and support of my husband. He pushed me to pursue my dream, and it came true. I own a beautiful salon in downtown Reed City."