BY VIRGINIA STILL

VIRGINIA STILL/209 Business Journal
The crew at Glam Salon along with Mayor Richard O’Brien was in glorious spirits at the celebration of the grand re-opening in downtown Riverbank.

The Glam squad was out in full force to celebrate their new location at 3318 Santa Fe Street in downtown Riverbank in May. Salon owner, Kristal Austin opened down the street about a year ago and due to issues with the building and unresponsive landlord she packed up her salon and moved down the street to a bigger location keeping her business in Riverbank.

There were several guests, stylists, clients, family and friends that attended the celebration including the Riverbank Mayor Richard O’Brien. DJ Tony Pizano was spinning the beats and there were tacos, nachos, fruit, and many other things to savor.

“This is definitely overwhelming,” said Austin. “I feel blessed. I feel grateful. I just feel amazed from everyone’s support starting with my family, my husband, my stylists and everybody that is coming along with me on this crazy ride. This move was a lot. I feel blessed and grateful with the community and everybody supporting me.”

The move was quick and happened within 30 days. There was a substantial amount of work to be done including painting the walls, putting in new flooring, and fixing the electrical in the new building as well as the décor, fixtures, and stations. The tile was uneven and there was lime green all over the walls. She took her vision from the previous location and brought the glamour to the new location by redoing the floors, painting the walls, adding sparkle and shining chandeliers.

“I got opinions from my friends and family,” added Austin. “My dad did most of the work in the building. He did all the electrical work, my brothers did the painting, and I had a guy come out and do the flooring. So it was my family that helped me put this building together and my father more than anything and my mother.”

With the location being larger than the other one Austin was able to add more services to the Glam family. There are more stylists like Christie Nelson and two new services, Lashes by Katlin Marquez, and custom spray tanning by Regina Garcia that have their own private rooms.

During the celebration the mayor presented Austin with a certificate of recognition and said some kind words that she expressed meant a lot to her.

“Thank you for staying here in Riverbank,” said Mayor O’Brien. “Her situation emphasizes that we have to do more for the businesses downtown and throughout the city especially when you are dealing with an absentee landlord. We will make the city a little bit more proactive. On behalf of the city of Riverbank I would like to congratulate you on your re-grand opening of Glam which should be called Classy Glam because you are really a class act.”

Each stylist put together a basket of goods to raffle off during the celebration that had a variety of products like body wash, lotions, hair products, and some cosmetics.

“I did not expect for the mayor to be here,” stated Austin. “I thank him for coming out and presenting me with that. It truly meant a lot and it brought me to tears because I am from Riverbank and this town means a lot to me and I know it does to him as well.”

The full service salon will continue to offer clients the latest hair styles and color trends as well as cuts, extensions, and waxing. They do accept walk-ins and always welcome new clients. For more information call 209-652-1385 or visit them on Facebook.