A salon and tailor are based under one roof at Pompadour, now open at 3743 Nicollet Ave. The co-founders Anna Wells and brothers Thom and Tim Navarro (of Project Runway fame) have been friends for nine years, playing broomball and softball together.
“We said one day we’re going to have a shop, it’s going to be tailoring and hair, and it’s going to be awesome,” Wells said. “I love doing hair so much, I would do it for free if I could.”
The shop will start accepting alterations in March, allowing customers to have a skirt hemmed while their hair is done.
The salon is designed with a touch of masculinity (the staff includes a men’s specialist), featuring dark wood floors, a suspended ladder and oddities that Wells’ father has collected over the years: a bus token taker, for example, and a grain separator. Tim and Thom design the clothing that dons the mannequins in the display window.
They’re planning monthly community events featuring artists showcased at the salon, which is located in the former Lupita’s Nail Salon space.
“My dream was to have a salon in South Minneapolis-Kingfield, next to a coffee shop,” said Wells, happily sitting in her Kingfield salon next to Five Watt Coffee. “The day I looked at it, I pretty much took it.”
Nearly half of Wells’ business involves lash extensions, which last four-six weeks and can be designed to look natural or more dramatic — Wells appreciates the chance to forego mascara while wearing extensions. She’s surprised how much of a hit the lash service has been. The first year she offered lashes in Burnsville, 450 customers bought the service.
Customers seem to be finding the new salon on Nicollet as well.
“It’s crazy how many walk-ins we’ve had in the bitter cold,” Wells said.