5Alger Heights salon owners to open ‘coffee & cocktails’ next doorGRAND RAPIDS, MI -- The owners of an Alger Heights salon plan to open a ‘coffee and
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The owners of an Alger Heights salon plan to open a ‘coffee and cocktails’ business in an adjoining space, further adding to business growth in the Southeast Grand Rapids community.
Jonathan Farman, co-owner of Urban Jonny’s Hair Salon at Eastern Avenue SE and Alger Street, announced the project Tuesday, July 20 and said it should be open by the beginning of next year.
Farman and co-owner Jon Frantz are buying the building at 810 Alger Street SE where the salon is located. The adjoining space previously was used for medical purposes.
Farman said he liked the idea of opening a place where people can get both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
“I am a non-drinker and I love going out with my friends and am totally fine with being around alcohol, but one frustration I’ve had is I never really feel like I can go to a bar and get a really beautiful tasty drink that isn’t made with alcohol.
“So, I’ve always wanted to create a place that anyone, no matter the journey they’ve taken, can go to and enjoy themselves and have a good time with their friends,” he said.
He said a key part of the project will involve installing a glass wall between the salon and the cafe.
Farman hopes salon visitors will take advantage of both businesses.
“I love the idea of somebody with color on their head that’s processing — maybe they have a head full of oils because they’re getting highlights — I love the thought of them coming over to sit, having a drink or coffee, and going back to the salon to get their shampoo,” Farman said.
Part of the project involves adding ‘stations’ to the salon, for a total of about 12, and having some of those slated as ‘chair rental’ spots for stylists.
Jonathan Jelks, an investor in the project, described Farman as a “dynamic entrepreneur” and said he was excited to support a project in a walkable neighborhood such as Alger Heights.
“We love the Alger Heights neighborhood. It’s close to where I grew up,” he said.
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