BERLIN- The City of Berlin hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Color Platform Friday morning.
“Berlin has been doing great despite what is going on in the state. I’m happy to say this is ribbon cutting number I don’t know nine or 10, I lost count,” exclaimed Mark Kaczynski, Mayor of Berlin. “So we’re happy to have all of our small business and we’re glad to have you. Welcome.”
The Color Platform, which officially opened its doors on October 27, is a hair salon that specializes in coloring.
“We do bridal. We do some makeup,” said Courtney Johnson, co-owner. “We’re heavily focused in color, but we also do men’s cutting. We are Versatile.”
Courtney Johnson and her partner Rosalee Frank transformed the 14,000 square foot space located at 848 Farmington Ave Suite #4 into a luxury salon oasis. Customers step into the doors straight onto brand new hardwood floors, freshly painted walls, comfortable black salon chairs, full length mirrors and a small lounging area.
“It was an empty space so they did a build to suite. They (landlords) hooked us up with an architect, set up the build out and took our ideas and brought them to life,” said Frank.
Johnson said they started in March, but were delayed by pandemic.
“We really started building in August,” said Johnson.
According to Chris Edge, Economic Development Director, it had been eight to10 years before anything had happened on the bottom floor.
“These guys (landlords) bought it February 1 and not even a year in and they are soon to have two tenants which to me is amazing. I’m amazed at the fact that this was nothing, but concrete,” said Edge.
Johnson and Frank signed the lease in May right as phase one of reopening began, but still felt a lot of uncertainty about starting the business at that time.
“We definitely took a huge leap of faith really,” said Frank. “With faith and how established we are, how supportive our clients and family are, we kind of built off of that.”
Currently Johnson, Frank and their one assistant are the only ones working in the salon.
“We do plan on keeping it that way. Because of covid we planned that if anything was to happen she and I would be fine,” explained Frank. “Leaving it just the two of us in a 14,000 square foot space really gives the next level of comfort to our clients during the pandemic. She’s on this end I’m on that end it works well just the two of us right now.”
When the pandemic ends, they want to rent out chairs to hairdressers and stylists, and use their space as an educational hub.
The duo also plans to use the business as a platform to be a part of and help the community and be able to support different charities.
“Prudence Crandall Center is very important to us we were both domestic violence survivors, and we want to make sure we reach and let people know no matter what happens in life if you work hard and find good people you can do anything,” Johnson said.
Johnson was born and raised in Berlin and Frank who grew up in New Britain, but has been a resident of Berlin for over 10 years met while working at a local salon. They built a personal and professional relationship, but after leaving the salon they went their separate ways working independently in the industry.
“Then we came together at the beginning of this year to start this journey,” said Frank. “And finally reach our dreams,” Johnson added.
The Color Platform is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The salon can be reached by calling 860-505-8017 or email THECOLORPLATFORM@GMAIL.COM
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