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A year ago, two friends saw an opportunity to open a salon. With faith and a heart for people, Lisa Hawley of Goodrich and Christie Souheaver of Ortonville decided it was time to not “just do hair,” it was time to give back. Thus began the journey that is now Salon 465 in downtown Goodrich.
Many of us take booking an appointment at the salon as no big deal, just another chore on the list to check off. Hawley and Souheaver have dreamed of making the overall experience something bigger, something more, maybe even life-changing. The salon’s name comes from Psalm 46:5, which reads “God is within her, she will not fail.” The owners’ Christian faith informs their dedication to their work, which is intended as not just a business, but a community ministry.
Hawley and Souheaver have 35-plus years in the beauty industry between them. Both of them have undergone hardships in their lives and they understand what an hour of pampering in a salon chair can do for both a woman’s confidence and spirit.
Imagine all the different varieties of makeovers that can take shape under the legitimate skill of a hairstylist or makeup artist. People walk in filled with a mix of emotions and excitement for a big change, but always knowing they will be pampered and given a new look for a new time in their life, perhaps even a newly optimistic outlook on life. After all, change can be such a good thing. “It’s almost like therapy,” Hawley says.
GOD IS WITHIN HER, SHE WILL NOT FAIL.
The owners have a simple yet powerful vision for the salon. “Our goal is to have women recognize their worth by showing love to them,” Hawley says. “Every person who comes through our door at Salon 465 is greeted and made to feel welcome as part of our family in a place where a woman can ‘just be,’ away from the hustle and bustle of life and hardships. A place where they can laugh and cry, a true Steel Magnolias kind of salon.”
Their goal is not only to minister to the women who come though their doors, but also to help those who may not have the means to come into the salon for hair and nail services. Hawley and Souheaver have made it part of their ministry to help women, who are just trying to make ends meet and scarcely can afford to get a hip new cut or a makeover just in time for that all-important job interview.
“We want to help women get to that next level, their next thing in life,” Hawley says. “We wanted to bring in women from shelters who never had a place. When we looked at this space together, we were excited to partner and ready serve women.”
Hawley and Souheaver are also packing up and going to where the women need them. “We are always looking for opportunities to serve, as we’ve been so blessed from the moment we opened and we want to give back,” Hawley says. “We are in the process of setting up a program that gives people an opportunity to sponsor a woman in need with a haircut or color. How it works is you get whatever service done, then you can sponsor a haircut, makeup for weddings and special occasions, manicures/ pedicures, lash extensions, color, whatever for those who also need the pampering. We do wedding parties, all of it, we are a full-service salon and you can help pay it forward to help someone else.”
All the details of this exciting program will be announced very soon on Salon 465’s Facebook page. Essentially, this program is the very reason why Salon 465 opened its doors. Salon 465 is committed to creating an atmosphere where guests can relax and unwind with a full menu of services available to them. In addition to hair, nails, waxing and soon-to-come lash extensions, Salon 465 also offers boutique clothing and features local vendors like Lil’ Homestead, Lavender Rose Accessories, Wax & Wix, Blessed Mama Boutique and Rezipit.