Success with Style on Lawrence Avenue

If Stacy Houk could relive her first year in business; she would not change a thing.

“When I opened my doors last Spring, I really did not know what to expect. My husband and I put so much into renovating this space that when customers saw us working and began inquiring before our opening day, I had no time to anticipate how busy I would be. We are really happy with renovation. I knew if I could get people to come in and see the place, they’d give my services a try.”

Stacy Houk

Stacy’s beauty salon, L.A. Cuts, is playfully named for its Lawrence Avenue location, not Los Angeles. The stylish store front window does not suggest hair or nail services, but hints at a high end experience inside. Houk credits the window for so much walk-in traffic that she has had  to hire another stylist to keep up with the demand.

“I feel blessed,” reflects Stacy. “Customers have been happy and tell me that they appreciate my competitive prices. It is important to me that I provide a high end experience regardless of price.”

Stacy is so grateful to the Ellwood City community that, to celebrate L.A. Cuts’ first anniversary, she is extending a gift to existing and new customers the final week in March.

“I was going to raffle a basket of product and services, but then only one person would win.  Instead I will give a free manicure with every haircut. Manicures are for men as well as women. This way every customer is a winner.”

If you take Stacy up on this offer, you will have the pleasure of meeting Susie Blyth who will start on March 20th as L.A.Cuts Nail specialist. She also is a licensed stylist who works on men’s and women’s hair and loves helping clients achieve their best look for special occasions. Susie has a great rapport with kids and considers children’s hair as one of her specialties.

At the suggestion of Houk’s sister, L.A. Cuts has online booking capabilities through their website  That convenience has proven popular with people of all ages.

A regular customer comments that she likes Ellwood’s small town atmosphere and small town prices but feels L.A. Cuts pampers like a city salon.

“I don’t even live here but I drive in for my hair, to shop at Marketplace on Main, and eat at Breaking Bread. It’s a great little town,” the customer stated.

After the customer leaves, Houk shares that she was actually one of her first walk-ins last spring.

“They keep coming back and that makes me happy! People really love Ellwood.”

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