Photo by Jeylin White
Nacolia Gipp, co-owner of New Beginnings Hair Salon in Riverdale, washes client Ashley Moore’s hair.
RIVERDALE — New Beginnings Hair Salon will pay homage to the city and clients tomorrow as it embarks on eight years of business and community services.
“We just really want to show our clients, the City of Riverdale, how much we appreciate them and remind them of all the services we provide,” said Nacolia Gipp, co-owner of New Beginnings Hair Salon.
Gipp said the gathering will be held at the salon, located at 1254 Hwy. 138 at noon. Gipp said they will have food, games, prizes and music at Saturday’s soiree. The event is free and open to the public.
Gipp and her husband, Patrick, run the shop. She’s a master stylist, specializing in seven techniques for applying hair weave extensions, and Patrick is a master barber.
Together, they have touched the heads and hearts of Riverdale residents, including local dignitaries Evelyn Wynn-Dixon, who will present a proclamation to the salon, and Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill.
The couple said they strive on providing quality customer service and a family-oriented atmosphere, which Patrick says sets them apart from other surrounding salons.
“We take it very seriously what we do here,” Patrick said. “My wife and I try to stress at all times to our staff the importance of giving back.”
Every year, since they premiered the shop, the Gipps have partnered with neighboring business and host an “Annual Client Appreciation Day,” at Flat Shoals Park.
They added that, during Saturday’s event, they will still provide services to clients.
“I want our clients to feel appreciated,” Nacolia said.
The sweethearts have more than a decade of experience in the haircare industry and offer classes to those looking to obtain a cosmetology licenses.
Nacolia said they have three skilled stylists, including herself, and two assistants to ensure that business runs smoothly.
“We are very particular about the people we hire,” Nacolia said.
“You have to really listen to clients and give them what they want,” added Patrick. “Those are the type of people we are looking for.”
Nacolia and Patrick have competed in several local and international hair shows and was also featured in BlackHair magazine, for their precision hair cuts and hair tyles.
The couple said they invited more than 500 people to this weekend’s event, however they are expecting at least 150 to show up — rain or shine.
“We have built a good reputation in Riverdale. Thanks to God and the community — it’s the only reason we have been able to sustain a successful business,” the couple said.