LINCOLN, Maine — When Denise Wotton opened High Performance Hair and Tanning salon in 1994, it consisted of one booth she rented at the Lincoln House Motel. Today, her business employs seven hairstylists and by the summer, will occupy one of the largest retail spaces downtown, she said Wednesday.
Wotton’s business is moving from 40 Main St. to a two-story storefront at 42 Main St., a space more than twice the size of 40 Main St. The move should occur by Dec. 13, with all of her planned offerings falling into place by July.
“We’re running out of room here,” Wotton said. “We’re tripping over each other. We have five stations for seven girls [hairstylists]. We want to expand our services in the spring. We definitely have the clientele [base with which] to expand, and we want a more comfortable atmosphere for our clients.”
“Things here have been very good for us,” Wotton said.
Remodeling work began Monday on the storefront space at 42 Main St., which was vacated late last month when Movie America relocated to the Bangor Mall on Stillwater Avenue, where it had been from 2006 to mid- to late 2008.
The basement-first floor space is among at least four on Main Street, including the Lincoln District Court building, Globe Printing Services, Wing Wah restaurant and Marden’s.
Besides hairstyling, the expanded business will offer spa manicures and pedicures, an extra tanning booth, and a full wellness center in the downstairs space, possibly with yoga and Zumba exercise classes, she said.
“And we are going to be looking to put in a room for people who are undergoing chemotherapy and losing their hair who want to get fitted for wigs in a private space, not out on the floor,” Wotton said. “We figure that they will come to us as their new hair grows back to have their hair done as well.”
The business also will offer massage therapy eventually. The new space might have room for a gymnasium or an exercise area, though Wotton isn’t sure, she said.
Wotton’s plans might seem ambitious, but she said they are emanating from the best place possible.
“These are things that people have come to us and have said they would like to see here, so we are going on what our clients are telling us,” Wotton said.
Per their requests, the new space will be much brighter and have a central air system to contend with summer heat. All of the new or expanded services will come gradually, she said.