Name of business: Salon Two Zero Nine
Type of business: Hair salon
Location: 625 E. Main St.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday by appointment
Contact information: 209-648-3751
Specialty: Color and extensions
History of business:
In January of 2017, Turlock resident Megan Morris was celebrating the success of her salon’s first year in business — a venture brought about by her passion for turning dull heads into glimmering works of cosmetology art. Since then, the space’s list of accomplishments has only grown, attracting clients near and far, building a supportive team of skilled stylists and even hosting community fundraisers for those in need.
Now, Salon Two Zero Nine has moved into a new location right on Main Street that is big enough to hold all of the business’ progress over the last three and a half years.
“I really wanted a place where stylists support each other, help each other, educate themselves and their team and where there is no competition — and we are so lucky to have that...Our salon has grown so much, and we have only gotten stronger as a team with every new stylist,” Morris said. “We had to move; we were growing out of our space!”
When she first opened Salon Two Zero Nine in 2016, it was in a much smaller space on Crane Avenue. The salon became so popular in the time since then that, eventually, clients had no room to sit while waiting for their hair color to process, and stylists were even forced to blow dry customers’ hair in the hallways of the location.
The salon’s new digs in downtown Turlock feature a much brighter — and, of course, larger — floor plan that Morris has accentuated with plenty of greenery and modern, yet rustic, décor. A lack of seating is no longer a problem, as there’s now plenty of room in the space for a cozy seating area that clients frequently take advantage of.
“I wanted a look that felt glamourous but also comfortable,” Morris said. “I wanted our clients to feel like they were in a bigger city when they were here.”
Salon Two Zero Nine offers standard hair services, but Morris and most of her stylists consider themselves color and extension specialists. In addition to haircare, clients can make appointments for facial waxing and event hair and makeup, purchase top-of-the-line products and soon, undergo microblading procedures. To keep everyone at the top of their game, Morris frequently holds classes at Salon Two Zero Nine for her stylists, taught by professionals who help the team elevate their skills. The group also travels out of town for classes — experiences that not only educate the stylists, but also serve as bonding experiences.
“We are a family, and we treat each other as such,” Morris said. “We recently had a class at our salon and the educators actually pulled me aside to compliment our team, and told me that we have the best salon dynamics in our group they have ever witnessed. They go to salons all over the world, so that was a great compliment.”
The close-knit group at Salon Two Zero Nine joins a growing east end of Main Street, where fellow women-owned businesses Victorious Fitness and Loza Wine & Crepes also reside.
“This side of Main Street is poppin’ now!” Morris said. “We have some great neighbors and young business owners — it’s amazing.”
Salon Two Zero nine’s location may have changed, but Morris’ outlook on the impact of a good haircut as well as the importance of a positive work environment remains the same.
“I love making people feel beautiful. I love giving them that confidence behind my chair,” she said. “And as far as being a salon owner, I love building my girls up. They are the best, and they deserve to know it.”