Carrie Rengers

A second "B" salon is going to open downtown

Lauren Blann is opening her B Beauty & Co. in the Zelman Lofts downtown later this summer.
Lauren Blann is opening her B Beauty & Co. in the Zelman Lofts downtown later this summer. Courtesy photo

A new salon is opening in the former Kissy Nails space at Zelman Lofts at the northeast corner of Douglas and St. Francis.

Lauren Blann had hoped to open her B Beauty & Co. at Revolutsia, the new shipping container development at Central and Volutsia.

That hope was thwarted when she learned that for state licensing purposes, each container is considered separate even though they're connected. So while a salon at a mall wouldn't have to have its own restroom, hers would even if a restroom were within feet of her door.

Blann didn't want to take away from her square footage.

Also, she says, "I would have had to spend beaucoup money."

By choosing Zelman Lofts, Blann is expanding her plans.

"I ended up actually doubling the square footage."

Originally, she was going to open only a lash studio. Now, she'll have a hair salon as well.

Blann says she hopes to open the hair side in August and the lash studio in late fall.

Krista Racine of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the new space.

Blann, who is from Texas, grew up in the hair-care business because her mother owned a salon.

"My memories are Sebastian hair spray and perms."

The "B" in the salon name stands for Blann's last name and "just to be the beauty you want to see in the world and your community and just be kind."

Blann didn't realize there's also a B. Young Salon at 211 N. Washington.

"But that's cute," she says. "B. Young. Everybody wants to be young."

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com.
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