Story and photos by Alice Gerard
At 22 years old, cosmetologist Theresa West is a business owner, doing the work that she loves most.
Her business, T’s Dry Bar, at 2488 Grand Island Blvd., offers its clients something different than most hair saIons. On Oct. 27, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce celebrated T’s Dry Bar with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting.
At the ribbon-cutting, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello told West, “I’m really thrilled that all the new businesses, in these difficult times, that they are willing to take a risk and move forward. I think it’s a compliment to Grand Island; it’s a compliment to those who are taking a risk. But the concept of this place is something new. I really think it’s unique. I wish you much success, and I believe that it will happen.”
Assemblyman Angelo Morinello presents a certificate to Theresa West, congratulating her on opening T’s Dry Bar.
West explained how her business works.
“You’re in the salon with your stylist,” she said. “Four to six hours, getting your hair cut, colored, everything.”
But sometimes, people need a very specific service, such as a blowout or an updo. And they need the work done today or tomorrow. Unfortunately, no appointments are available on short notice at their usual salon. West said she can help with that.
“You can book here the day before. You’re able to get in and out,” she said. “Sometimes, it’s very convenient to have a place where you can just get ready for the night and head out.”
West added, “I can do updos for special events. You can come in, get your hair curled, get your hair straightened.”
She will also do her clients’ makeup, which includes airbrush foundation, makeup, lashes – “the whole shebang.”
“I also do hair masks. Say your hair feels a little dry or it’s not feeling as healthy as you want it to. You can get a mask, and it can really help out your hair a lot,” West said.
She also offers her clients some “self-care time.”
“They’ve had a rough day. They want to come out, looking confident. I do a wash and style,” West said. “You can get your blowout, air brush makeup, makeup, color feed and braids, tinsel. Fun stuff in the salon.”
The new business owner said she was trained in cosmetology through Grand Island High School and that, after her internship, “I kind of hopped around and realized that this is something that I could do myself and have my own special place.”
Business ownership is something that is in her family. “I’m stepping in the feet of my parents, who own Jackson Music, down the road,” West said.
She added, “I always loved it (cosmetology) so much. I was always the friend you would call over to your house to do their hair, makeup, send you off. And then I’d go home and do mine really fast.”
West said of being a business owner, “I love watching people. Maybe they will come in not having a good day, and they’re telling me about what’s going on. They end up leaving their most confident self. It’s really unmatchable to any other feeling for me.”
To make an appointment, “You can either call me (at 716-523-5833) or go online to https://tsdrybar.com/. Everything is bookable online. I am open every single day, trying my hardest out here in these first couple months. Hours might change. Right now, you can see everything online,” West said. “My hopes for the future are to grow, to really grow this business, to have fun while doing it, work hard.
“Check it out!”