Former barbershop now houses Salon 22

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer


Once a landmark on Kentucky 22 in Bethlehem, Cecil Peyton’s Barber Shop recently received an extreme makeover. The venerable one-chair men’s haircut emporium has been transformed into the sleek and chic Salon 22.


Proprietress Amy Lyons said Peyton closed the shop in 2002 and has since passed away.


“A lot of people remember Cecil,” she said. “My dad got his hair cut by Cecil Peyton.”


Lyons said nothing had been moved since Cecil left the shop until she rented the space. “There was still a cigarette in the barber chair’s ashtray,” she said.


Lyons and husband David, along with her parents James and Dana Lee and sister Jennifer Lee got to work. They pulled out the old barber chair and sink, and began updating the cozy space.


An electrician ran new wiring that ensured Lyons would have the wattage to run hair dryers and curling irons. “When Cecil was here the electric was on just one wall,” she said.


A fresh coat of paint was applied inside and out, giving it a bright blue exterior and soft robin’s egg blue interior.


A new light-colored faux-wood laminate floor opened up the space and black furnishings and wall sconces deliver the whole look into 2008.


“I just started over from scratch,” she said.


The grounds around Salon 22 got a trim, style and color, too.


Lyons Logging, David Lyons’ business, cut down a huge tree that threatened to crush the little building.


Lyons said Joe Acres, of Lakeview Nursery, then designed and installed landscaping. Brilliant yellow mums now line the handicap accessible ramp going up to the front door. “They’re so big I had to get string and tie them up,” she said.


In little over a month’s time Lyons was ready for her grand opening on Sept. 29. “I had my inspection, then drove up and got the salon’s license on the 28th,” she said, “and opened the next day.”


A lifelong Bethlehem resident, Lyons has worked in the cosmetology field for five years. She obtained her degree in cosmetology from the Hair Design School where she also was employed. She made the decision to open her salon in Bethlehem to be close to home and her children, Hailey, 6 and Ty, 3.


Salon 22 is a full-service salon offering haircuts, perms, colors and highlights, styling, manicures and polish change and waxing. All haircuts include a shampoo and style, and all perms include a trim and style.


Lyons said cutting hair is her passion. She is equally comfortable cutting men’s, women’s and children’s hair. “I love doing all ages,” she said, “even the ones who scream and cry.” Women’s cuts are $20 while men’s and children’s cuts are $9. Colors begin at $25 and highlights $35. A style without a cut is $10. Perms start at $30. A polish change costs $5 and waxing is $6 per area.


Lyons is offering a referral bonus. She will give two referral cards to each haircut client with the client’s name on the back. When a new customer brings a card in, she or he will receive $2 off on a haircut. The person whose name is on the back of the card will receive $2 off any service.


“Once people get in here, know I’m here and not going to chop their hair up we’ll do great,” she said.


Salon 22 is located next door to the Bethlehem post office at 3946 Bethlehem Road (Ky. 22). Call 845-0222 to make an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. Hours are: Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Wednesday - closed; Thursday from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.; and, Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. Lyons said she will consider alternative appointment hours if a client has special scheduling needs.


Visit her on the web at hairsalon22.com.


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