Tags: Business Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% These days we hear a lot about Mission shops closing their doors, but it is less often we hear about classic Mission businesses being able to expand into new locations in the neighborhood.Chely’s hair salon is one of these businesses that’s been able to upgrade and move into a larger, updated location with more visibility. “[In the old location] we only had space for 3 stations, but here we have six…the salon is almost three times as big,” said Javier Hernandez, co-owner of the hair salon with his sisters, one of them named, Chely.The owners of Chely’s moved into their new location on Monday, May 23 at 2277 Mission Street, which until recently, housed the FFDG art gallery. 0% This new space is a much-celebrated upgrade from their former location at the Plaza del Sol at 2437 Mission St, a small indoor shopping mall home to other storefronts. They opened at Plaza del Sol in 2011.The new location has allowed them to install twice as many hair cutting stations as their old home. And with the larger space, they are accepting applications for two more stylists.Hernandez said they were able to make the move after his sister saw a poster offering the space for rent. They were not the only ones interested, but the owner chose their application. They are paying more than what they were paying at their former location. Potentially even more remarkable is the salon’s ability to maintain affordable prices for its clients, even as rents rise at astronomical rates. Haircuts for boys start at $10, with girls haircuts starting at $12. Men’s hair is cut for $12, and women’s hair, $15. “We have to adapt and give our clients an affordable price and great service,” said Hernandez.“Our clients come from various places, from Daly City, and the Richmond. We even had in the morning a family of twelve people come from Half Moon Bay.” And, in this new location, clients can benefit from a newly remodeled space, with new flooring, and freshly painted walls and decorations that Javier and his sisters have done together. They’ve even been able to remodel the bathroom, which was quite old when they moved in.Hernandez and his sisters are excited about the change and the new location’s potential. “It’s only been two days, but I think this new space is going to attract new clients,” Hernandez said. At the end of the day, this new space allows Hernandez and his sisters to continue sustaining their family business, and keep the spirit of locally owned business alive in the Mission. But for Javier, his main concern is his clients. “[all of this] is to give our clients a better service,” he said.
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