Flushing couple pursues small business dreams with new hair salon

Alex and Tara Masters with employees, friends and Flushing Chamber of Commerce members at the ribbon cutting. Photo by Ben Gagnon

Alex and Tara Masters with employees, friends and Flushing Chamber of Commerce members at the ribbon cutting. Photo by Ben Gagnon

FLUSHING — Flushing couple Alex and Tara Masters have decided to follow their dreams of owning a small business, while helping to revitalize their community at the same time.

The Masters, owners of the Kendall Rose Salon in Flushing, celebrated the grand opening of their new business with a ribbon cutting presented by the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce on March 17. The salon, which opened on Feb. 2, is located at the former Supercuts location on East Pierson Road next to Kroger.

“The Flushing community has just been so wonderful to us in terms of supporting the business, and the Flushing Chamber of Commerce has been so responsive and a wonderful tool to help us get our word out and give back to the community,” said Tara Masters. “We’re fortunate to be here.”

Prior to opening their salon, Alex and Tara were regular clients at Supercuts on 1552 East Pierson Road. When the owners of Supercuts announced last fall that their Flushing location would be shutting down, the Masters decided to purchase the building and keep the former Supercuts’ hair stylists employed in their community.

Photo by Ben Gagnon

Photo by Ben Gagnon

After taking over the Supercuts space last December, Alex and Tara completed full renovations on the building and got their salon up and running by February.

While opening a new business during the COVID-19 pandemic has presented some challenges, the Masters said that the timing was just right—both for them and their employees.

“We’re not hair stylists by trade, but we have fantastic stylists who keep the place going with their expertise,” said Alex Masters. “Five years ago, I would not have thought about owning a salon. But I cannot tell you how nice it is to keep everyone here gainfully employed, especially through COVID.”

In addition to operating the salon, the Masters are planning to open a shake and smoothie shop in downtown Flushing at the former Troy Cleaners store on Main Street. The couple has also invested into a residential/ commercial contracting firm that’s located in Flushing.

With each new venture, the Masters said that their small business philosophy revolves around family, community and looking out for the health and happiness of their employees.

To see the salon’s hours, visit the Kendall Rose Salon Group Facebook page. Appointments can be booked at 833-577-2566 or online at kendallrose.salon.