For more than three decades Barbara Baker styled the hair of folks who live in Anoka, where “all the men are strong, the women are pretty and the children are above average,” as fellow Anokan Garrison Keillor might say.
And she still does, but in the past few years, Salon Capari and Selah Salon & Spa have occupied the 106 East Main Street space where the Barb Baker Salon once stood.
Baker recently chose Megan Foyt to continue the reputation and work ethic established at Barb Baker Salon so long ago.
“Wonderful things are going to happen. This is really a good fit and I have great hopes for Meg,” said Baker, relaxing in the back room of Salon Eleven where she still styles hair.
And Foyt is determined to live up to those expectations with her Salon Eleven staff, self-employed stylists who rent space from her to do their work.
There are currently 10 chairs at Salon Eleven with two still open for rental.
“I hope to have up to 14 stations and my vision is to specialize in hair and do really good work – no manicures, no pedicures, no skin – just really good work with hair,” Foyt said, detailing hair color, cuts, perms, straightening and updos for men, women and children of all ages and ethnicity as the salon’s forte.
Recently, Foyt learned that Salon Eleven had been chosen to carry Bumble and Bumble, an exclusive line of hair care products out of New York.
“You can’t get that just anywhere. You have to be chosen to carry it and they chose us. They’re even going to send me to New York for education (about the product),” Foyt said.
Before opening Salon Eleven this past August, Foyt did a complete remodel of the space, tearing up carpeting and putting down wood flooring, painting the walls and brightening the interior.
“Everyone who comes in tells me how great everything looks. I’m just so happy to be here and show everyone what we can do,” Foyt said.
“She is so good … She is so talented and so respectful of everyone. She’s polite, she’s a good leader. I have great hopes for Meg,” Baker said.
To learn more about Salon Eleven, visit www.SalonElevenAnoka.com or call the salon at 763-576-6807.
Sue Austreng is at [email protected]