For the third time in 15 years, The Beauty Chalet in Rainy River has expanded to a new and bigger location.
A grand opening will be held at a later date.
Proprietor Robin Jenson started the business at the base of the international bridge in 1985 when she opened a shop next door to her home there.
Then in 1994, she added onto the existing shop and moved into a new shop in the same building, converting the old one into living quarters for her family.
Over the weekend, she moved into a brand new shop nearly three times the size of her old one.
Construction of a new home and shop started nearly two years ago when Jenson was looking at the market growth potential of the new sub-division said to be in the works once Globeco started production in Rainy River.
Plans for a sub-division to house tourists on time-share visits had Jenson seeing huge potential.
With the plans in motion, and them cutting and milling their own wood to build the place, Jenson said there was no turning back once it got started.
In the meantime, Globeco’s start-up failed to materialize and, in turn, the sub-division did not get built. Still, Jenson is confident in the local economy and points to the enthusiasm shown by other business owners who started up in Rainy River in recent months.
And if Globeco does start production down the road, she sees nothing but positive growth above and beyond what is already taking place.
The new location, just up the street from her old one, will feature some new services. It will include space for therapeutic massage done by Angela Gill and space for a manicurist.
And as a sideline, there also will be a cappuccino bar.
Jenson hoped people will make the Beauty Chalet a place to stop, and have a hot drink and visit. “They can check out the latest hairstyles while having a cappuccino,” she reasoned.
She also has allowed space for further expansion should an industry get going in the future in Rainy River, as well as space to expand her retail sales section of professional hair care products.
In addition to her working in the shop doing hairstyling, Jenson recently added Mark Nault to her staff as a hairstylist/barber.
Meanwhile, Jenson gave her husband, Bob, brother-in-law Bernie, nephew, Clinton, father-in-law, Cliff, and Bob’s cousin, Marvin Hatch, a great deal of credit for all the hard work and long hours they put into the project.
While she admitted she’s taking a risk by making such a bold move with the expansion, Jenson said, “I have always had this dream and I have faith in the community!”