WICHITA — After more than a decade working in downtown Wichita, stylist Susan Brady is opening a new salon at Normandie Center at Central and Woodlawn.
Sugar Salon will open in mid-November in 1,200 square feet, which is bigger than Brady’s current Salon Lush at Occidental Plaza and smaller than Urban Image, which she used to have at Old Town Square.
“I would rather keep it small and intimate,” Brady says. “It makes for a cozier, more friendly environment.”
The chief difference with the new salon, other than being on the east side, is that Brady is once again going to have an Aveda salon.
“We had decided when we opened Salon Lush we would not carry Aveda; we would see what else is out there to offer,” Brady says.
She missed the quality of Aveda’s products and color along with Aveda’s education and “just their general support.”
“I finally realized I just need to stay with Aveda,” Brady says. “So when the opportunity presented itself to open … another Aveda salon, I of course jumped at the chance.”
She’ll now be able to once again offer scalp massages before hair treatments since she’ll have Aveda oil.
“We just could not find something that worked like that,” Brady says. “It’s something that my clients missed. I missed (it).”
Though she’ll carry Aveda almost exclusively, Brady says, “I will be carrying a few other products that my current clients have been very happy with as well.”
Sugar will have four stylists, including Brady and Amee Lind. They’ll offer all hair services plus waxing and makeup services.
Leisa Lowry and Krista Lowry of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the Normandie space.
“Most of the businesses, if not all, are locally owned. I love that,” Brady says of Normandie.
“I kind of like that general community of the small businesses, locally owned here in Wichita, and being a part of that.”