Four years after the first shop opened on south Rock Road, the partners recently opened their seventh in the Wichita area, at 37th and Woodlawn. They expect to open four more in the Kansas City area by the first of the year.
The first clue that The Artistry Lounge isn't your typical barbershop is that about half the space has nothing to do with haircuts. Owners Robert Anderson and Jeremie McGlory have set up a big back room with couches, game tables, a TV and even a bar for complimentary beverages.
LeeAnn McDonald is a silk screen printer at Textron Aviation, adding company logos and other printing to jets before they're picked up by customers. But two or three times a month, she drives her ambulance to a block party, outdoor market or other event and sets up shop.
Even as she was earning a communications degree from the University of Kansas, Courtney Patton knew her career probably lay in interior design. Patton started Courtney Patton Interiors last month. Her services range from decorating part of a room to decorating for the holidays to outfitting an entire house.