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Women Open New Hair Salon in Covington

Ashley Bierschbach wanted to open her own salon for a long time, and even told her previous employer of her intentions at the time she was hired. Working next to Caitie Mix at Tanya's Image & Wellness Salon in Crestview Hills, Biershbach knew she found the partner with whom her dream could be realized.

"I told her I have never met anyone else I wanted to work with," Bierschbach said.

The pair opened Greenline Salon this week at the southwest corner of Sixth & Russell Streets in Covington inside a storefront that has been vacant for years. Tours of various possible locations led the women to the Mutter Gottes neighborhood with the help of Mix's mother who is a real estate agent.

"This is the neatest community," said Bierschbach, 29. She compared the area to the Clifton Gaslight District in Cincinnati for its quaint and walkable nature. So proud of their new location, the women wore "I (heart) Covington" T-shirts on one of their final days at the Crestview Hills salon.

Greenline, partially named for the former bus company that served Northern Kentucky through the middle of the twentieth century and also for their commitment to eco-friendly services, is an Aveda exclusive salon. In addition to modern styles, the perks that accompany Aveda salons such as hand & arm massages and mini-facials will be provided to clients.

The street-level corner location takes up one and a half floors and Bierschbach and Mix, 28, intend to hire two additional stylists to help fill the space in the coming weeks. The salon's space was built out by building owner Jim Sorrentino and its large windows provide tons of natural light.

The ladies say that members of their most prominent neighbor, Mother of God Church, have expressed their gratitude that Greenline has moved in. In fact, the salon is renting four parking spaces from the church so that clients (and residential neighbors) won't have to worry about on-street parking.

Greenline has "a very aggressive business plan" said Bierschbach, who first knew she wanted to go into the business while being raised by a single father in a home where a morning shower was usually followed by pulling back her wet hair into a ponytail.

Now a successful stylist who, along with Mix, has been featured in multiple trade magazines, Bierschbach envisions Greenline finding a place inside the coveted Salon Today 200 which features America's fastest growing salons.

But before Greenline branches out with more locations, the pair of entrepreneurs are committed to growing the first one in a community they already love.

"We hope to add to the community more than anything," Bierschbach said. "We want to get involved in making Covington a super cool place."

Biershbach is a graduate of the University of CIncinnati and lives in Cincinnati. Mix is a Holy Cross graduate and lives in Latonia.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Greenline Salon/via the salon's Facebook page