Minot's newest salon has opened its doors in Minot's newest shopping center.
Great Clips opened for business at Southgate Crossing Nov. 7. The manager, Darcey Copeland, said they offer a wide variety of hair-care products customers can pick up before or after their cut.
"We have a number of different products that we sell," Copeland said.
Darcey Copeland, manager of Great Clips in Minot, cuts a customer’s hair Nov. 14. Copeland has six hair stylists on staff currently and is still looking for more.
One thing that sets Great Clips apart from many other salons is that it does not do appointments, only walk-ins. Recognizing the importance technology plays in the lives of many of its customers, Great Clips does have an online check-in service that acts a little like an appointment.
"All you have to do is go to (greatclips.com) and it'll (automatically) pop up Minot. It will actually show on there if we have a zero wait time or if we have a 40 minute to an hour wait time," Copeland said. "And then you're able to actually put your name on the list, go do shopping, go get something to eat, whatever, and from the time you put your name on the list, then you come here and we'll get you right in. So that's really cool."
They also offer discounts for members of the military and senior citizens. Haircuts for those two groups are $12, $3 off the normal price. The regular price for a child's haircut is also $12.
Great Clips is located at 3226-16th St. SW, in front of Gordmans in Southgate Crossing, on the south end of the building with Cash Wise Liquor. The temporary hours of operation until Great Clips is fully staffed are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. The phone number is 858-1811.
There are also other services beyond a basic haircut, which add to the bill depending on what a customer wants done.
"If you want a wash, that's a little bit extra," Copeland said. "If you want us to style it, that's a little bit extra."
There are currently six stylists at Great Clips, and Copeland said they are still hiring. Applicants, who must have a North Dakota state cosmetology license, can call Copeland at the salon or walk in to speak with her. Copeland has a total of nine stations at Great Clips, and said she would like to fill the remaining three.
Great Clips is a national chain, but the Minot location is owned by franchisees Dennis and Nancy Stevens of Montana. Minot is their 13th salon overall, and first in North Dakota. The other locations are in Montana, Wyoming and Nebraska.
Copeland noted there are three other Great Clips in Bismarck, Fargo and Grand Forks, but they are owned by a different franchisee.
She said Minot was chosen because of the booming economy and its geographic location within North Dakota. Minot is just the first of several locations in North Dakota the couple plans to open in the future.
While Great Clips has only been open a short time, Copeland said they are already consistently busy and have been hearing great things from their customers.
"Things are going great. We have been so busy," Copeland said. "We've had a great response from the community, and we really do appreciate everything the community is helping us with. It's absolutely amazing."