Randolph County takes immense pride in its businesses and locally based entrepreneurs. Among these establishments is a hair salon, The Iris Salon in the heart of Winchester. The salon was opened, by Winchester native Terri-Niccole Butler, one year ago in June of 2018. The Iris Salon is located at 114 E. Washington Street, just off the square, nestled between the iconic Our Pizza House and Robert G. Cook’s Law Office. Some might know this downtown property as the former Headlines salon. The Iris salon has been remodeled to be homey, but also very updated in its facilities and charming bohemian decor. As of now, the salon is equipped with four chairs in an open concept room. A cozy yet modern nail spa sits in the back and a comfortable lobby in the front.

    The salon employs five close-knit stylists, including hairstylists: Devann Fields, Marrissa Segraves, Logan Saylor, and Angel Emrick, who doubles as the salon’s nail artist. It also has a part-time lash extension technician, Kortney West.

    Butler, has been a stylist for 10 years following her graduation from Amber’s Beauty School. She has aspired to be in the industry since she was a little girl and loves where her career has brought her so far. I she commented that during her education, she wasn’t very outgoing in expressing how she felt about large scale opportunities in the field, so she didn’t really expect to be a salon owner. However, Butler says that with the support of her family, and friends, she ended up loving what she is doing and learning a lot. Speaking of appreciation of family members, Butler’s husband Jeremy, is also in the business as he owns “The Blade” on the southeast corner of the square in Winchester. His shop caters more towards the Barber Shop atmosphere.

    She really appreciates the people she gets to work with and makes good relationships and friendships with her stylists a priority. As a result, her salon functions smoothly and can provide a high quality experience for customers.

    The salon offers a large variety of services, ranging from full color treatments, highlights/lowlights, balayage, and haircuts to special occasion styles, manicures, pedicures, nail art, and waxing. According to Butler, the most popular of these for clients to request is currently all over color for hair, but the nail side of the business is also really taking off. The salon also sells various hair products, with its Purple Shampoo, Amika brand products, and sea salt spray proving to be customer favorites.

    Butler hopes to “expand on this business in the future” by obtaining more property in order to offer more spa services, Butler states, “Possibly in a tranquil area upstairs from the original space.” More specifically, her future plans are to purchase the whole building in order to maintain the vibe of the place while hiring more stylists and keeping up with the growing beauty demands.

    The salon provides very convenient hours for its clients. It is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm, Friday from 10 am to 12 pm, and Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm. To help the salon continue to grow, locals and visitors alike can book an appointment through a phone call to (765) 241-0106, text, or even a convenient online scheduler, the preferred method for Butler. Keep in mind that different salon services take various amounts of time when making a reservation. Head over to the Iris Salon in Winchester to celebrate a second successful year of business with its talented employees!