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Lights Salon Studio to open in Riverside

WICHITA — Jen Kimble has seen the light.

After a year off from the salon business, which she'd previously been in for about 16 years, she's preparing to open a new salon in Riverside called Lights Salon Studio.

"This is just the perfect location," Kimble says of the space she's opening next to the Riverside Perk at 11th Street and Bitting next month.

Kimble also is an artist, which is what she's been focusing on for the last year, and she takes a lot of inspiration from light.

She thought about that and working with hair color, which is what led to the Lights name.

"It's so important to have lighting," Kimble says. "When I draw I use a light table."

In addition to having two styling chairs, Kimble will have a small studio in which she can do her art.

She also plans to be on the Final Friday circuit and have regular exhibits in her shop.

Kimble will lease her second chair to stylists who might like to rent by the day.

"It's just really helpful to have a place you could just do five clients," Kimble says.

With day rentals, she says, "It's a possibility to have seven employees in a very small space."

To kick off her Sept. 10 opening, Kimble is going to offer a $60 cut and color.

"I know that can't be beat," she says. "Not in this town. Not anywhere, really."