MOUNT VERNON — New businesses of many kinds continue to open up around Mount Vernon, and recent openings have included a hair/nail salon, tire shop, tattoo parlor and wine shop/eatery.
Looking for some help with your hair, nails or maybe need a massage? Recently opened on Aug. 1 is House of Hair at 400 W. High St. Combining their entrepreneur efforts are co-owners Connie Zollars, Trish Holcomb and Davina Diehl. House of Hair offers a variety of services in hair, nails and massages. Services of coloring, perms and waxing are some examples of specialty services available.
There are currently seven employees on staff, with more possibly being sought. Pam Vanderpool can perform feather extensions, and Jessica Massa is the nail technician. Swedish massages are offered through Dave Morgan, a recent graduate of the Knox County Career Center. Hours are by appointment, but walk-ins are also welcome. The shop is open Tuesday-Saturday. Call 392-HAIR for an appointment.
The top brand names in tires are now available at Holmes Tire LLC, 401 S. Main St. Joe Hershberger recently bought out Knerr Tire to open his own shop. He also operates another tire location in Millersburg, which has been in business for nine years.
New and used tires, over-the-road, farm, lawn mower and commercial tires are all in stock in Holmes Tire. Free rotation for the life of the tire is offered for purchases of new tires. Balancing is also available, with brake service scheduled to be offered at a later date. Remaining on staff from Knerr Tire is Tony Cline, who serves as shop manager. Also on staff is Jawan Edwards.
“We try to get you the best tire for your money,” said Hershberger. “Customer service with very competitive pricing is what we’re all about.”
Hours of operation for Holmes Tire are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. A grand opening is planned for Oct. 15 with free hot dogs and various brand suppliers on hand.
If a quiet evening sampling some wine is your cup of tea, then check out Wine Stein on Howard Street between the Dan Emmett Conference Center and Comfort Inn. Jan Wasiluk and Deb Ruggles opened this specialty wine shop/eatery on Sept. 6. “We’re a classy wine bar with a comfortable atmosphere,” said Ruggles of their new business venture. Over 100 different wines are available to choose from. Draft beers and imported craft are also in stock at the full bar.
Dinner is served from 3 to 11 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday and noon to midnight Saturday. The dinner offering provides a variety of fresh, made-to-order gourmet flatbreads, specialty sandwiches and salads.
“But we’re all about the wines,” said Wasiluk, stating that the food complements their wines. “We’re different than anybody else.”
Special groups and small parties are welcome. Occasional evening entertainment is also offered to add to the inviting atmosphere.
A new tattoo shop is now open at 16 N. Main St. Joining forces on Sept. 1 with Master J Piercing is Lost Souls Custom Art. Owner John Kiner has been creating custom tattoos for 16 years and makes a return to Mount Vernon, previously owning a shop above the former High Restaurant.
A complete line of designs is on hand for customers to choose from, and Kiner can perform custom drawings in color or black and gray.
Lost Souls Custom Art is open 4 to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays and 2 p.m. to midnight Saturdays.
Operating for the past few weeks next to Honey Buckets drive-thru on Mount Vernon Avenue was Long’s Bakery. The bakery business was doing fine until recent state regulations regarding rest room facilities for Honey Buckets’ employees forced the closure of the bakery last week.
The Red Z Gallery, owned by Tonia Osborn, is relocating to 227 S. Main St., next to the new Paragraphs Bookstore. The new location is in the midst of renovations, and the gallery is expected to be open for a grand re-opening celebration around Oct. 1.
Be looking for new information about the gallery including new designs, personalized paper greetings and home decor.