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Annual Report: Business & Industry

March 29, 2010

Profile: It's in her roots

Alex native opens her own full-service salon with help from family, friends

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Lana Nichols didn’t need a lot of training to start her own business.

It was in her blood.

Nichols, 29, owner and operator of Studio 115 Salon on Washington Street, is the daughter of Penny Stevens, former manager of the Gaither Resource Center, and the granddaughter of John and Deanie Carroll, former owners of Carroll’s Archery. Deanie also owns the Lighthouse Café.

“We are kind of like a business family. I’ve had a ton of support.”

Studio 115, named for the address of the building it occupies, opened Aug. 8, 2009.

“I have done hair for 12 years, in different places, but most always in the town of Alexandria.

“I’ve always wanted to put something in Alex,” Nichols said. “We desperately need new businesses here, and we’re starting to get some. It’s actually starting to look great on our block.”

Nichols called upon stylists she had known for years. “I told them, ‘Look, if I ever decided to make this move, would you be interested?’ And they said, ‘Of course.’”

Unlike two-stylist salons, Studio 115 is a full-service salon, Nichols said, employing six stylists.

“Actually, the studio is something different. Alex has always had these two- and three-lady shops. This is really something else, for people to enjoy. I’m thrilled.”

Nichols was aided in her venture by a friend and client, Kristi Lemerick of Kleenco Construction.

Lemerick knew the building was in line for restoration and called Nichols.

“We ran into some stuff, mainly because it’s an old building,” she said. “Revitalizing that is something in itself. But Kleenco was great. Their guys did all the work.

“Two months later, we had a salon.”

A native of Alexandria and a graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School, Nichols is married to Duston Nichols, and they have two sons, Kace, 7, and Karter, 6.

“I could’ve gone to Indy, but the thing I wanted to do was just bring more life to Alexandria,” Nichols said. “When I was little, we walked to the Bakery, and there were stores. And we really need some of that spark back.”

Contact Rodney Richey, 640-4861, rodney.richey@

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