VALLEY VILLAGE (CBSLA.com) — A Valley Village hair salon reopened Saturday — six months after a car slammed into it and almost shut it down for good.
KCAL9’s Joy Benedict was there when customers were able to again get coiffed.
The familiar sound of clippers rang through the air at the Christopher Styles Barber Spa at 15125 Ventura Boulevard.
A car slammed into the liquor store next door, backed up and reversed into the salon last September and it’s taken all this time to come back.
“I remember seeing a Lexus backing up and was like is she gonna stop? No she’s not gonna stop– the next thing I saw was glass flying,” said owner Chris Hird who also goes by the name Christopher Styles.
It was a close call — literally. Hird was just a few feet from the window at the time with a salon filled with people.
He told Benedict Saturday, “I feel blessed to be standing where we are.”
Getting there wasn’t easy he acknowledges.
He’s back with new chairs, new fixtures. Hopefully old clients.
“My business deals with clients and if you aren’t there to service your clients unfortunately they go somewhere else to get their hair cut,” Hird says.
Although the liquor store never had to close, the salon didn’t fare so well, Briefly, they were able to relocate to a nearby salon but it was a much smaller location and having only two chairs meant a lot less work.
“There was times when this was hard and I thought maybe this was it,” Hird said.
He was able to see the silver lining in the cloud he was dealt.
“I like it,” he said, “I think it’s better than it was before.”
As for the driver who caused the damage, Hird says he isn’t mad.
“I don’t blame her — it happened. Luckily, no one got hurt and hopefully she’s okay.”
Police said it was just an accident — the woman’s driver’s license was suspended.
Hird, for one, says she is welcome to come to the salon any time.
But he joked, “We’ll just send her an Uber or Lyft or something — just don’t drive here.”
For more about the salon, visit their official website.