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Energia Salon at 704 Milford Road in Merrimack is shown decorated for the holidays.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Business Bio: Energia Salon

Main location: 704 Milford Road, Merrimack at DJ Square across from Pennichuck Square.

Company Web site address: Forthcoming.

Began business in southern New Hampshire: Relocated here April 2002 from Stamford, Conn.

Date opened at this location: The grand opening was Dec. 3.

Is this a franchise? No.

Owner: Peggy Loughlin.

Manager: Peggy Loughlin.

Days/Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays.

Number of full-time employees: One: Peggy Loughlin

Highlights of products and services: Offering Italian massage shampoo chairs that will gently relax you while receiving a scalp massage shampoo. We are certified in Goldwell color, Simply Smooth Brazilian Keratin formaldehyde-free treatments, offer men's treatment that reduces gray in 5 minutes, and also offer unique DS Laboratories formula for hair regrowth, Eufora environmentally friendly hair products and KMS hair products, which work for all types of hair and hairstyles.

We are a sophisticated hair studio; wash away your worries, relax, unwind, indulge and re-energize yourself.

Names and backgrounds of the key leaders: Peggy Loughlin has kept up-to-date with continuing education, is Goldwell-certified, has taken TG advanced hair cutting and coloring in NYC, and has attended the Javits Center International Beauty Show every spring, keeping her motivated with fresh, innovative ideas.

History of this business (moves, consolidations, new ownership or management): I owned and operated an Ambassador Redkin Salon for 15 years in Stamford, Conn. In 2001, I relocated to New Hampshire, where I worked at the Hampshire Hills Sports & Fitness Club salon for a year and half. I transitioned to the Innovations Salon and Spa in Merrimack and enjoyed five years of professional hair styling. I then began working at Cassandra's Salon and Spa in Nashua, where I remained for the past three plus years.

I realized I was energized and excited to be self-employed once again. I have many unique and fantastic ideas to share with my clients, many of whom have remained with me and been very encouraging throughout the years.

What are the biggest challenge facing your type of business, and how are you approaching it? Keeping up-to-date on hairstyles and hair color techniques will allow me to become inspired about what I can offer each of my clients, similar to how an artist puts paint to canvas. I intend on attending the TG World Release Show every year (in the fall and spring) and the Javits Center International Beauty Show in NYC. I intend on attending several courses on color techniques and placement throughout the year.

What's the biggest change you would like to see in the business climate in this area? I have joined the Chamber of Commerce in Merrimack and find all the business members to be very supportive and active in the community. I would like to see more locally owned businesses sign up and become proactive within their town's Chamber of Commerce. All businesses can benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the members of the chamber, and supporting each other in our industries is a personal goal of mine.

What else should the readers know about your business? Energia Salon is an art studio with its main focus being meeting the needs and desires of our clients! We have a unique assortment of clientele who love both the classic styles to the funky hair color formula-panel foils. Our goal is to provide maximum client satisfaction. I also offer a free consultation appointment in order to better understand what your needs are and how I can create that special look for you, without any surprises of cost or "hidden" service charges.

Our Energia Salon offers a relaxing, enjoyable atmosphere. Sit back and let's get creative while you enjoy a beverage of your choice: Poland Spring water, coffee, collection of wines, or a variety of beers. You'll feel re-energized when you experience our massage chairs, and receive a fresh style.