The old antique store on the corner of State Road 56 and West McClain is getting a major facelift. Local hairstylist, and Scott County resident, Jenna Shields and her husband Brandon Shields have purchased the building and are turning it into a new salon called Taylor Rose. Both Jenna and Brandon grew up in Scott County, and graduated from Scottsburg High School.
Jenna Shields has been a hair stylist in town for nearly a decade, and has always had dreams of opening her own shop.
“When I knew I wanted to go to cosmetology school my goal was to one day own my own salon after I had the experience and clientele built up. I built a solid clientele in about 5 years and have focused on staying on top of my education so I could not only be the best I can be for my clients but be knowledgeable for my employees as well. My goal was to open a salon around 10 years into my career, and I am right at that mark. The opportunity presented itself, and I jumped right in. It has been my dream for a long time, and I wanted to make that dream a reality!”
The new salon is located at 2 West McClain on the square, across from City Hall and has some serious history. It was once used as Hancock’s Drug Store, was turned into office space, and then became the former antique store, Days Gone By Antiques.
Shields also has some big plans for her upcoming salon. The name Taylor Rose comes from both of her daughters’ middle names to make a classic and pretty name that will match her brand.
“My inspiration for this salon comes from these really cool, historic downtown buildings you see in bigger cities – the character, the brick, the cool vibe you feel when you walk in these places. That’s what I’m going for when people walk into my salon. I want to create an atmosphere where people not only feel relaxed but inspired when they walk in – just like I feel when I walk into these really cool downtown businesses in Indy or Louisville.”
There are many other salons here in town, but Shields plans to make Taylor Rose really stand out while keeping an eye on the environment.
“I love that each salon in town has their own style and vibe. I think with mine I really want to focus on not only that historic downtown feel, but we are going to do everything we can do to be as eco-friendly and zero waste as possible. I know that can be hard in this industry, but I have some ideas to start off that will help.”
“We will offer all eco-friendly retail products, using energy efficient in whatever we can, using glassware to serve drinks instead of bottled drinks, focusing on recycling, sending hair collected from each day to a company that uses it to clean up oil spills. Those are things that I wish all businesses would focus a little more on. Changing one thing like that helps our environment so much!”
Taylor Rose will provide a variety of services including haircuts, styles, facial waxing and eyelash extensions. She hopes to have a few certified extension specialists, and there are also plans of possibly adding spa services at some point.
The salon’s opening date is still to be determined, but the goal is the first of the new year.
“We might still have some things to be done, mainly on the exterior of the building, but the inside should be done around then,” said Shields. “Right now we have the exposed brick wall completely finished, new HVAC system installed, bathroom renovation is underway, and the rewiring of the electric is also being done. After that the break room is finished, we will be repainting of all walls, ceiling, and trim work. Then flooring will be laid, and once that is all finished the fun part begins, and I can start bringing in the equipment/furniture/decor.”
The downtown square in Scottsburg has many different shops opening up, and Shields is very happy to be a part of the new expansion, and to help the community shop locally.
“I’m really excited for everyone to see what I have in store for this beautiful historic building, and I hope that it appeals to a wide range of people, not only in our county but surrounding counties as well. I see big things happening in our downtown area, and I’m excited to be a part of that. Our small businesses in town will thrive if everyone shops as local as possible. I know a lot of people enjoy seeing and having these small businesses in our town, so if I could spread any advice at all it would be to support your local shops and restaurants!”
To learn more about Taylor Rose Salon, you can follow their progress on social media. You can follow along on Facebook at www.facebook.com/taylorrosesalon and also on Instagram at www.instagram.com/taylorrosesalon.