Fort Wayne, Ind.—Business is booming for In Touch Salonspa in northern Fort Wayne, so much so that the salon and spa facility, located at 939 East Dupont Road (just east of Coldwater Road), broke ground on October 10 for a second, larger location on the far east end of the busy east-west thoroughfare. The new facility will be located adjacent to the new 1st Source Bank building at 4005 East Dupont Road, which is just east of the Parkview Regional Medical Center complex.
With 6,000 square feet of space, the new $1.6 million project will provide more than 50 percent more capacity than the existing salon. Like the original location, the new facility will offer beauty services, hair care, and Aveda retail products, along with “our extremely high standards of customer service and our top-notch technical abilities,” according to InTouch Salonspa owner Cindy Kirkland. She notes that all of her guests “enjoy the ultimate experience during each visit, with up-to-date, high-end services and technology.”
Taking services one step further, however, Kirkland says that the new, state-of-the-art location “will streamline the beauty industry by also including an upscale barbershop.” The new salon/spa will have more than 50 employees, including hair stylists, barbers, estheticians, a massage therapist, a nail technician, a manager and guest service coordinators. Kirkland says that the original location of In Touch Salonspa, which opened in October 2003, currently has 30 employees and averages more than 150 new customers each month.
Kirkland contributes a lot of the original salon’s success to her standards of excellence and her current team of beauty industry professionals. “The energy that exudes from the team at In Touch is infectious and exciting. We house some of the most sought-after, and innovative, specialists in northern Indiana. Their skills, creativity and passions are infused into their work,” she said.
The Northeast Indiana Small Business Development Center created financial projections to secure funding for the project. While ground is being broken next week for the new salon, construction is estimated to take four to six months, with a tentative completion date of the Spring of 2018.