Well known local stylist enters new phase with new salon

Profile of Sandy Kimbrell's Isis Hair Salon in Robson, BC.

Sandy Kimbrell is opening up Isis Salon in the basement of her Robson home. The salon opens July 17.

Sandy Kimbrell is opening up Isis Salon in the basement of her Robson home. The salon opens July 17.

They say you can’t go home again, but stylist Sandy Kimbrell is not only home again, but she’s built a salon there.

After leaving Aeon Studio in Castlegar after many years, Kimbrell is opening Isis Salon at her home in Robson.

“After 26 years at 617 Columbia and 31 years of hairdressing I decided that I needed to have a change and go on my own,” said Kimbrell.

She named her new studio after the Egyptian goddess of nature and magic.

“My mom and I came up with the name,” she said. “I used to own a shop called Madison Magique Hair Studio. My clients used to say, ‘Sandi, just do your magic.’ Isis was known to have magical powers and I felt it would be nice to have an Egyptian theme for a salon and that’s what I’ve done.”

Isis Salon will have it’s grand opening on July 17 at Kimbrell’s home in Robson.

“My mom did some research and found that Egypt celebrates a big festival in honour of Isis’ birthday which happens to be – believe it or not – July 17,” she said. “I didn’t know anything about that. I felt that it was meant to be.”

Kimbrell is thankful to all her customers over the past 31 years and hopes they will join her at her new location.

“I’m welcoming new clients as well,” she said. “I’m inviting them to come ‘experience the magic’, which is my logo on my card. I’m just really excited to have another phase of my life in hairdressing.”

Colour, perms, and precision cuts are Kimbrell’s specialty and she is looking forward to making her customers, both new and old look beautiful.

“It’s just time for a change,” she said. “I’m looking forward to many more years of hairdressing.”

Kimbrell got her start at the age of 17. She became an award winning stylist after spending time apprenticing in Vancouver. In 1986, shortly after returning to the Castlegar area, Kimbrell opened her own shop, Madison’s Magique, and owned it for 17 years before selling it to Karen Soukeroff. Kimbrell stayed on part-time with Soukeroff at the shop which is now known as Aeon Studio.

“I really enjoyed working with Karen,” she said. “I will miss her.”

Isis Salon is now open for business. The salon is open from Tuesday until Friday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

“I will work evenings,” she said. “All my customers know that I work evenings because that’s when you’re busiest. I’m always there to make my customers beautiful.”

Kimbrell looks forward to working with clients of all genders and ages. She recommends appointments, but says that people can stop by and if she’s not busy, she will accommodate them.

“Because I’m home-based it’s probably best to phone for an appointment before you come,” said Kimbrell. “So give me a call.”

To book an appointment call Isis Salon at 250-365-3434.