Jade Ebert is having an eventful year. While 2020 has been challenging for small business owners across the board, Ebert has endured some additional setbacks.
She had to close her business, The Hair Studio, for 10 weeks during the governor’s stay-at-home orders. Then, she had only been back to work for a few weeks when a drunk driver hit her building at 11th and Stanford, severely damaging it.
“I ventured off on my own in 2014 at the age of 24,” Ebert said. “That was my first place; I didn’t have much to start with. My mom’s friend owned the building and rented it to me cheap at first, just to get started. Everything was hand-me-down, I kind of pieced it together.”
Once again, Ebert suddenly found herself unable to work, through no fault of her own. The building was a total loss and had to be demolished. While she worked out details with her insurance company, Ebert also began searching for a new location for her business.
“I’ve been needing to expand for some time now,” she said, and decided that her new space would be significantly larger. After looking at a wide variety of buildings in various parts of town, she settled on a space in the shopping center at 1305 W. Wabash, next to It’s All About Wine. The 2,200-square-foot suite will now allow her to have several others working alongside her.
“I’m furnishing it with six stations; I’ll have five booths for rent,” Ebert said. She’s also adding additional services and has an esthetician and nail technician lined up to join her. In addition, Vanessa Williams is relocating her business, SWEAT, to Ebert’s space.
Ebert said the suite on Wabash, which previously housed Capital City Games before the hobby store closed at the end of 2019, is currently undergoing renovations. She plans to have The Hair Studio open in its new location on Oct. 1.