Classic Cuts gets new location in Harmar Village

Photo by Erin O’Neill Carolyn Hurst, owner of Classic Cuts, gives customer ImaLee Yoho a perm at the new shop at 118 Maple St.

MARIETTA — There is a new kid on the block in Harmar Village and the addition is a welcome change for the neighborhood and the owner.

Carolyn Hurst has been in the business of cutting and styling hair since she graduated from the Marietta Beauty School in 1970. She moved her longtime business, Classic Cuts, from Tiber Way to 118 Maple St. on May 1.

“It has been a 100 percent better change for me and for my customers,” Hurst said Tuesday as she gave a client a perm at her new shop.

The former location was only about 400 square feet. The new salon, located across from Burton Law Offices, is at least twice that.

“I have a place to eat my lunch in the back, there’s lots of parking and it’s just a better way to serve my customers,” Hurst said. “And I really like the neighborhood. It’s nice and peaceful.”

The shop on Tiber Way was open for 13 years and it took a few trips and some back-breaking labor to move everything over to the new shop, according to Hurst’s sister, Goldie Davis.

“She had everything already other than the coffee table,” Davis said. “We came in and painted and a lot of people helped to get her moved.”

Hurst decided to look for a spot with more space and found the location, which she rents from Dave Archer, owner of Pioneer Pipe. It was previously the home of A Perfect Fit alteration shop.

“The foot traffic is good on nice days,” said Ginny Guthrie, owner of Log Cabin Country Quilts down the block at 130 Maple St. “It’s nice to have something here that stays open most of the week.”

Hurst allows walk-ins and sees customers Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or later for the convenience of those who work.

The first Saturday she was open in the new location, Hurst said she had a lot of men walk in, partly because of the sign on the sidewalk that says she offers barber cuts.

“I really like this space,” said ImaLee Yoho, of Belpre, who stopped by Tuesday for a perm that she gets every four months or so. “I’ve been coming here for three years but my daughter has been coming here for a lot longer.”

The new location is easily accessible and offers much more than basic hair services. Customers often stop in for conversation and free coffee.

“I don’t do this for the money or for any benefits. I just do it because I like being here for the people,” Hurst said.

Classic Cuts is on Facebook and appointments can be made by calling the shop at 740-373-2260.