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From left, Megan Manis, Kelli Palmyra, Brandy Cox and Erica McKinney, showcase the sign for
the newly opened salon, The Parlor, where all four women combine their efforts to provide a
full-service salon in the heart of Avery County.
Photo by Matthew Hundley

Originally published: 2012-09-20 15:25:50
Last modified: 2012-09-20 15:26:49

The Parlor opens in Montezuma

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Four women found a solution in cooperation by joining forces under one roof to improve their service to clients and weather the current economy by bringing dozens of different services together to establish a full service salon in Montezuma, easily accessible along the corridor between Linville and Newland.

Megan Manis opened The Parlor as a hair salon along with fellow stylist Erica McKinney just a few months ago, but quickly realized the benefits of sharing her new space with other salon service experts. As a result, Brandy Cox, licensed massage and bodywork therapist, and Kelli Palmyra, skin care expert, recently joined The Parlor. 

While Cox and Palmyra are each separate business owners in their own right, the four women quickly realized the benefits of housing all of their services in a single convenient location, making The Parlor the full-service salon it could not have been without their cooperation and ingenuity. 

“We are very excited to be here, and excited to offer a full-service salon to Avery County,” Manis said.

The Parlor is located at 465 Old Highway 181 in Newland. To make an appointment with hair stylists Manis and McKinney, call (828) 733-5096. To make an appointment with esthetician Palmyra, call (828) 737-9369. To schedule a massage at The Parlor, call (828) 733-3750. 

“It is beautiful here,” McKinney said, explaining why they chose their new location. “We thought it was pretty here and convenient, but there were not a lot of salons concentrated in this area.”

“Our location is central to the county,” Manis added.

Thanks to their cooperation, Manis, McKinney, Palmyra and Cox have turned The Parlor into a genuine one-stop shop for a wide array of upscale salon services focused on maintaining rates that are accessible for everyone.

“I wanted to be able to reach out to everyone,” said Palmyra.

Between the four women, The Parlor offers hair cuts for the entire family, including styling, color, foils, perms and formal styles. In the skincare realm, The Parlor can provide manicures, pedicures, waxing, European facials, aromatherapy, back treatments and makeup application lessons using award-winning makeup lines. Without leaving The Parlor, a client can also receive therapeutic and relaxation massages, including deep tissue and neuromuscular modalities, or pampering body treatments. All four women are highly qualified in their fields, trained and educated in the use of various high-quality cosmetics and hair products.

All products and services aside, however, the ladies of The Parlor focus a lot of energy on keeping their salon pleasant and calming. 

To experience the pleasant atmosphere for themselves, anyone can visit The Parlor at 465 Old Highway 181, or call (828) 733-5096 for hair appointments, (828) 737-9369 for skincare services or (828) 733-3750 to learn more about the various massages.