New Businesses are a Cut Above
Two recent additions to the Lansing-area business landscape are helping residents to look and feel their best.
Before opening Loyalty Barbershop, Alexander Dominguez got an instructor’s license and tried to open a barber school. When that didn’t work out, he refocused his efforts on his own barbershop.
“I knew that when I became a barber that the ultimate goal was to one day open something that I could call my own,” Dominguez said.
When looking for a place to set up, Dominguez finally settled on Lansing.
“Growing up in St. Johns, I was very familiar with Lansing,” he said. “I saw all the growth in Detroit and Grand Rapids and knew Lansing couldn’t be far behind.”
Loyalty Barbershop has a comforting atmosphere that comes from Dominguez’s fondness for older things. He began collecting old barber-related items, moving to federal eagle mirrors, velvet paintings, nautical oil paintings and anything vintage.
Gifted Hands of Joy is a salon/spa owned and operated by Maya Joy, who focuses on healthy haircare and massages that relieve pain and improve mobility.
“I like to focus on neck, shoulder and lower-back massages,” explained Joy. “My goal is to make people feel better and feel better about themselves.”
Her salon began last November, but she already has big plans on getting a larger space to provide more services. She has also been trying to give back to the community by working with a local nonprofit to give victims of human trafficking a free haircut.
“I want to provide a place of relaxation and rejuvenation, a place where people can get away from stress and be provided with the services of a full salon,” Joy said.
Joy also provides her own 100% natural products in her shop that promote hair health and hair growth, as well as products that relieve dry skin and help reduce psoriasis.