COTTONWOOD - When Shari Wee was looking for a name for her new business, she chose something that was close to her heart.
Wee opened her salon, MaCKs on West Main Street in Cottonwood in January. She specializes in providing services, such as haircuts, colors, highlights, permanents and more.
"It was a good time in my life to do it," Wee said.
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Shari Wee specializes in haircuts, coloring, highlights and permanents at her new salon, MaCKs, in Cottonwood.
Wee brings a lot of experience to her new venture.
"I've done hair for 22 years," Wee said.
Most of that time was working at salons in Marshall. She also co-owned one for a few years.
"This is the first time I'm solely on my own," Wee said.
The area she moved into in downtown Cottonwood was a salon for about five to six years, Wee said.
"It's kind of a turn-key operation," Wee said.
Wee was a little nervous going off on her own.
"It was really scary doing it, it was a big risk," Wee said.
In coming up with a name for her new business, Wee said she wanted it to stand out, to be a little different.
"It boiled down to what is important in my life," Wee said.
So immediately she thought of her three daughters, Morgan, Corbyn and Kennar. She took the first letters of each of their first names, M, C and K and then the first letter of all of their middle initials, A and then the first letter of her first name, S to create the name of the salon.
Although it already had a salon setup, including a sink, washer and dryer, Wee made some changes to the space, as she wanted a cozy atmosphere.
It needed a facelift, Wee said, and she got some new decor and retail stands.
"I wanted to make it my own," Wee said.
And people have responded to those changes, Wee said.
"I've gotten compliments on how it looks," Wee said.
She's glad to be on her own, saying that she can make different decisions and not have to consult with others.
"If you want to run different promotions or programs, you're free to do that," Wee said.
One of the promotions she has is a featured product of the month, where clients can have a sample of that product. Wee said she's also thinking about a birthday club program.
Wee said she's gotten great support from her clients, even from the ones who weren't able to follow her to Cottonwood. She has clients from as far away as Canby, Balaton and Marshall.
"It's been going great; it's gone better than I imagined," Wee said. "I'm pleased with that."