Photo by Heather Middleton
By Maria-Jose Subiria
While soft gospel music played in the background, Rachel Miller, owner of Crown of Glory Salon, bowed her head and held the hands of first-time customer, Dorothy Gooden. Miller began to pray for her client's family, spirit and health.
"Amen," they both said, after the prayer.
Gooden said she met Miller while preparing her taxes. She said she learned about Miller's hair salon, located at 7718 North Main St., Suite F in Jonesboro, and was intrigued.
"I knew there was something different about her," Gooden said. "I just knew she was very encouraging. She has magic hands -- anointed hands."
Miller, a resident of Jonesboro, said Crown of Glory Salon is a Christian hair salon where she not only styles and cuts hair, but also prays for her clients. She said she opened the salon at its current location in February, though she has operated shops under the Crown of Glory name since the 1990s.
"We are not only worried about their hair, but their minds, bodies and souls," Miller said. "We just begin to share Christ with them."
She said her salon, which is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m., to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., and Monday by appointment only, offers haircuts, hair coloring, weaving and some braiding.
Gwen Jenkins, a customer at Crown of Glory Salon, said she has been a client of Miller's for 15 years.
"She kind of spoils you, and you can't go anywhere else," said Jenkins.
Miller said she keeps Christian books and a Bible at her shop for customers to read.
"A lot of the time, I have people open up and tell me, 'There is something different about you,'" Miller said. "We try to make sure you have some sort of enrichment in [your life]."
Miller said she has owned and operated salons for well over a decade. Her newest location is in a shopping plaza that is home to a handful of small churches and ministries.
She said she refers her clients to the surrounding churches and ministries, if they would like to join a church, or need spiritual guidance.
Miller said she was born in McDonough and grew up in Atlanta.
She said her family moved to Decatur and she attended Avondale High School.
Miller decided to pursue a career in law enforcement and became a deputy sheriff in Fulton County in 1988, she said.
She said she disliked the career and turned to God for guidance. She resigned from the sheriff's office in 1993.
"And I went to beauty school, and I've been doing it ever since," she said.
Miller said she opened up her first salon, Ra'Chel's Hair Designers and Boutique, on Mt. Zion Road in Jonesboro in 1994. She said she was eventually moved to change the name to Crown of Glory Salon.
Miller said she stayed at the Mt. Zion Road location until 1998, and moved her salon into her home, near Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro, because her mother was ill. She said she was able to take better care of her mother and continue to operate her business. She managed her salon at her home until around 2003.
Miller said that from 2003 to 2005, she worked in Tampa, Fla. After spending two years in Tampa, she temporarily moved back to Georgia, only to move to Chipley, Fla., and operate her salon from 2005 to 2007.
Miller said she moved back to Jonesboro, in 2008, and took a two-year break from her salon business to write ministry books, which she plans to publish in the near future. After completing the books, she said she decided to reopen her Crown of Glory Salon.
"For some reason it [Jonesboro] is always where the Holy Spirit leads me," Miller said. "It always leads me here."