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A place to put their own stamp on

Karolina Amos, Destiny Burt, and Rachel Bauman are excited to finally open their new location at 13 Walker St.
Karolina Amos, Destiny Burt, and Rachel Bauman are excited to finally open their new location at 13 Walker St.
Karolina Amos, Destiny Burt, and Rachel Bauman are excited to finally open their new location at 13 Walker St.

If the old saying “two heads are better than one” is true, then three heads must surely take the cake. Basics Beauty & Beyond is the collaboration of Rachel Bauman, Karolina Amos, and Destiny Burt. Their new digs on Walker Street will make you think you’re walking into an interior decorating magazine.
The ladies have been working together for six years, but parking was always an issue at their old location on Arthur Street. They also worked in separate rooms and some days they wouldn’t even see each other.
“We needed a more open space because the old one was more choppy,” Amos said. “We were still feeling like we were separate.”
The new layout is open and inviting with patterned armchairs for the pedicure station, and rustic wood touches.
“You only had the reception area,” Amos said. “You could never see inside. Now you walk in and you see everything. We’re accessible.”
It took them six years to find the right commercial location with adequate parking. Their new location is at the rear of 13 Walker St., right beside the credit union.
“We didn’t want to be on the main street where parking would always be an issue,” Bauman said.
It’s been two weeks since they opened and so far the only challenge they’ve had is giving directions. Burt jokes that they’re just getting used to where they put things in the new space.
The company operates as three separate businesses under one roof to offer a full-service salon, Bauman said. This includes Karolina’s Nail Studio, Destiny’s Hair Loft, and Bauman Laser and Electrolysis. The hair studio is on the first floor, and up a spiral staircase are the nail studio and laser and electrolysis rooms.
“It’s so unique because we’re all experts in our own field,” Amos said. “It works really well when everybody has their own field of expertise to take care of, so we don’t step on each others’ toes.”
If you’ve spent any time perusing through the home décor section of Pinterest’s website, the inside of the salon will look similar. When you walk in there’s an old-fashioned hairdresser’s chair next to the seating area of yellow benches. Meticulously placed pieces of glass hang behind a turquoise framed chalkboard with “Welcome” written on it.
“My husband had a lot to do with it,” Bauman said. “I can come up with an idea or we can come up with an idea, but he has the vision to see the idea through. He’s fairly amazing with coming through with different ideas.”
Amos chose to study esthetics when she had a baby and decided it was going to take too long to finish university. She’s been at it ever since.
“Definitely that we get along so well, that’s the best part,” Amos said. “Just knowing that I only have to take care of my part. I get to be really good at what I do and not worry about what they’re really doing.”
Burt went to hairdressing school at 17 years old, and has been working in the business since she was 18. She said there’s been nothing but positive feedback about their relocation.
“Everyone loves it, they just love how it’s decorated,” Burt said. “They love how open it is, the parking.
Bauman was inspired to study electrolysis after she had it done herself. She says they get a lot of clients from out of town because of the convenience of so many services in one place.
“I think it grows because we are all unique and bring people in for our particular service, but then they see the other services and we can offer it all underneath one roof,” Bauman said. “A lot of it is growth within.”
Bauman said one of her favorite parts of working in this industry is the people she meets and the stories they have to tell.
At Basics Beauty they offer hair services, manicures, pedicures, gel nails, facials, ears and nose piercing, laser hair removal, electrolysis, photo rejuvenation and skin tag/wart removal.
“We’ve been business partners for over five years now and we just have a good camaraderie between the three of us that works well,” Bauman said. “At the end of the day we still like each other.”

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