Ren√©e Muntain, left, Stacey Fenske and Cheryl Truba are the stylists at Novus Salon. Fenske, owner, just opened the shop up two weeks ago. Herald photo by Kellah Lavoie
Novus - it means new and fresh. It is exactly what Stacey Fenske thinks of when she talks about her salon.
"It is a new beginning for us," said Fenske, the owner of Novus Salon.
Opening her own salon is something she wanted to do for a long time. Coming off maternity leave, the timing seemed perfect.
Novus opened two weeks ago. Fenske and her husband only had one month to get it ready to open.
It was a busy month for Fenske. On top of her salon opening, her son turned one and she got married.
"It was a very, very busy month," she said.
The salon finally opening was "a breath of fresh air" for Fenske.
"It was like OK, we can relax now," she said with a chuckle.
She has being doing hair for the past eight years. She went to school for it when she was 18, took a couple of years off and has been doing it ever since.
Her team of hair stylists are all Prince Albert girls and are journeymen hairstylists.
Fenske said her love of hair stems from her love of art and fashion. She sees hair as a type of artwork. Others may use paint, but her medium is on the head.
The salon currently has two stylists other than Fenske: Cheryl Truba and Ren√©e Muntain. She has another one currently on maternity leave who will be joining them in October.
After only two weeks together the girls say they are like a family. It only adds to the open and welcoming environment Fenske said she was trying to create.
"I wanted clients to come in and feel at home," she said.
There are still two chairs open that she is hoping to fill.
The salon also does waxing and it is the only one in the city to carry Label M hair products, said Fenske.
She said her prices are on par with other salons in the city.
They are open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday their hours are extended to 8 pm - although Truba said it is not uncommon for her to stay a little later here and there to accommodate clients.
The salon is open on Saturday, but by appointment only. Fenske said the majority of the time Saturday appointments are weddings.
272 South Industrial Drive