Just a few months after opening her first business in downtown Dayton, a local entrepreneur is launching a second location in her hometown.
éclat Facial Studio, a facial aesthetic salon owned by Karin Gaudin, plans to open the first week of April at 116 S. Market St. in downtown Troy. The new salon will join Gaudin's first location, which opened in October at the Wheelhouse Lofts building in the Oregon District.
The new studio will offer the same services as the Dayton location, which specializes in 30-minute facials. However, it will also expand its offerings and services since the new space is about twice the size as her initial salon. The Troy location measures about 1,600 square feet, compared to 800 square feet in the Oregon District.
Among the new offerings is apparel from Harricana — an affiliate of Canadian Hat 1918. The Montreal, Canada-based company makes hats from recycled materials such as furs, scarves, wedding gowns and silks. Gaudin said her studio will be the only place in the Midwest where people can purchase these hats.
Though the hats will only be offered in Troy, éclat is adding new services at both locations. Gaudin said she invested around $20,000 in equipment that will allow her to offer chemical peels, hydrafacials, diamond tip microdermabrasions and oxygen therapy. These are all forms of facials that will be offered at both studios later this year.
"These are different types of services in addition to our regular facials," Gaudin said. "We're taking our facial aesthetic studio to the next level by offering these advanced therapies."
Gaudin has hired three licensed estheticians to perform these services at the Troy location. She employs two estheticians in Dayton, which brings her total staff to five between both studios.
Though opening a second salon wasn't in her one-year plan, Gaudin said the opportunity was too good to pass up. She originally wanted to open her first studio in Troy, where she resides, but couldn't find the right location. But when a spot opened in downtown Troy, Gaudin said she had to jump on it.
"There's a saying that goes something like, 'take the chance when it's available because if you don't, you may not get another chance,'" she said. "That's why I'm opening my second location in downtown Troy."
éclat also was buoyed by the success of the Dayton business, which Guadin says has been "very successful" since it opened around six months ago.
"It's been really good," she said of the first location. "We have lots of returning clients, new clients and clients that travel here. That's another reason why I'm opening a second location."
Moving forward, Gaudin said she wants to continue opening new studios in Ohio and other states. She has plans to open salons in Toledo, where she lived before Troy, as well as Traverse City, Michigan and Knoxville, Tennessee.