Back in 1998 when Twylah Davis launched Trend Designs, Philomath resident Amy Sleeman got her start in the salon business. She worked at the local establishment on Main Street for seven years and later in 2011 opened MAK Studio in neighboring Corvallis.
But over the past year, she found an opportunity to come back home and even returned to the same building where she had started out, renting it from Davis and her husband, Bob.
“She was ready to retire and we’ve been friends along the way and we just kinda talked about it over dinner last winter and that’s how it came about,” Sleeman said during an Oct. 25 ribbon-cutting and open house. “Bob always said I’d be back, and so here I am.”
Formerly located in the Kings Circle Shopping Center, Sleeman’s MAK Studio is now at 1620 Main St. All of those who worked at the Corvallis location came with her to Philomath. That’s in addition to the one person who had worked at Trend Designs and remains.
“Everybody here is an independent contractor so they work for themselves,” Sleeman said. “We’re all very established and we do have a new person in the business, an esthetician, and she does skin and waxing and she’s amazing.”
Jennifer Davis, who is a daughter of Bob and Twylah Davis, operates under the name DewYou Esthetics.
Sleeman brought her own touch to the former Trend Designs building with a new look.
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“The aesthetics of the building are beautiful because Bob and Twylah designed it to be a salon,” Sleeman said. “We came in and painted and just did a facelift and I did all new furniture just to make it my own.”
Sleeman’s husband, Josh, was raised in Philomath and works as a firefighter in Corvallis. They have a daughter, Makena, who is in the fifth grade at Philomath Elementary. Josh’s father, Larry Sleeman, is the former principal at Philomath Middle School.
“It’s just really nice to be back at home because we live here and it’s nice to be able to be close to home and school and be a part of this community again,” she said.
Her daughter has a unique connection to the business ... did you catch her name?
“MAK Studio — I named it that because my daughter’s name is Makena and when she was born, we called her Mak,” Sleeman said. “So, of course, I had to name the studio after my daughter.”
The open house — complete with wine, beer and snacks — and the Philomath Area Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting appeared to attract a good number of people.