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Laura Olson and Caitie Crawford partner in new venture in alley off South College Street

The hair stylists at the new Salon Debut work out of wooden drawers in a room that is softly lit by hanging chandeliers set between wooden shelves and wall decorations.

Friends Laura Olson and Caitie Crawford decided to take a plunge and start a business together on a last-minute opportunity to lease a space at 108 S. College St. to make a dream become a reality. The pair previously worked for the Snooty Fox Salon in Newberg.GARY ALLEN - Salon Debut co-owner Laura Olson tends to customer Linda Ault's hair during an appointment last week.

"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that came out of the blue …," Olson said. "It was the perfect timing and the perfect space and we loved where we were at but it was always a dream of ours to have a salon and we went in on it together. We had 24 hours to decide because other people were looking at the property. It was a whirlwind."

A friend of Crawford told her about the space.

"It was the perfect space for a small salon," Olson said. "It did not take long to sign on the dotted line and start to make arrangements. We remodeled it and in about five days we got all the licensing. It was a quick thing."

The small salon has two chairs

It is a small salon with two chairs that is designed to provide a serene experience for clients.

"We wanted the farmhouse theme that became popular because of the "Fixer-Upper" show. We were inspired by that show," Olson said. "It is a little salon so we call it a luxury hair studio with a farmhouse theme. I feel at home in our new location."

Salon Debut offers a few extras for clients: they provide drinks and snacks and for the men they offer essential oil-infused hot steam towels. To top it off, they give Shiatsu scalp massages with every shampoo.

The salon specializes in hair color and Balayage, which is a "Painted on highlight that is supposed to look a little bit softer and more sun kissed," Olson said. "It is like what a lot of celebrities in Hollywood have right now. It is a different technique. We like to make sure that we stay updated in the latest hair styling techniques."

Salon Debut opened March 1.

"I am slammed and booked out until the end of March," Olson said. "We take our clients by appointment only because we are both moms and have to be able to work out our schedules."

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