The bold and flashy personality of owner Allison Horton shines throughout both the salon and boutique portions of The Turquoise Chandelier in Paoli. — The Holyoke Enterprise | Johnson Publications
The Turquoise Chandelier Salon and Boutique open house is Feb. 12 in Paoli
“Turquoise goes with anything,” Allison Horton smiled, as if stating the obvious. The color, along with the gemstone, is a cornerstone to her new salon and boutique recently opened in Paoli at the old town hall.
Horton has a passion for helping people feel good about themselves, and opening The Turquoise Chandelier means that she gets to pursue that passion daily. To celebrate, she’s hosting an open house Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and invites everyone to enjoy some refreshments, enter drawings and see what she’s done to transform the building.
Having grown up in Holyoke and lived in other small communities, Horton noticed that women in particular can have a hard time shopping for clothes and accessories. She’s a staunch believer in shopping small and supporting local businesses but knows all too well that trips to Denver and online shopping can seem necessary to meet those needs.
Choosing to open a boutique alongside her salon is Horton’s way of helping meet such needs locally. After all, it’s nice to be able to try on a cute top or see how jewelry looks in person before making a purchase. She also hopes to offer a personal one-on-one experience for shoppers, getting to know them and give them a comfortable and fun experience.
Before opening the storefront, Horton began to build her business at craft shows such as Holly Daze, selling upcycled furniture and handmade jewelry. Adding clothing and additional accessories was a natural extension.
On the salon side, Horton has been doing hair and nails for years. Even as a child she was drawn to it, and after graduating from Northeastern Junior College in 2002, she began working in cosmetology. From 2007-2015 she operated her first salon in Crook. After moving to Nebraska to ranch, she went for a few years without working in a salon setting, but she “missed it something fierce.”
Knowing it was something she loved to do, Horton began looking for the right place to open a new salon when she moved back to the Haxtun area in 2017. Though maybe not the obvious choice, Paoli’s old town hall building ended up being the perfect fit. With the help of her husband, Russell, renovations were made and The Turquoise Chandelier was opened in all its bold and flashy splendor.
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