Between being in business with her husband, Adam, and raising three kids at home, there was a limited amount of time for Brandy Brockes' other passion.
The urge for a "quiet space to be creative" led to the opening of her hair salon Studio B.
Raised in California, Brockes returned to the area to relocate Brockes Tire and Auto and her family — Conner, Ruby, Nova and dog Duke.
After graduating from Merrell University in Jefferson City, she worked at Marshall & Company Hair and Body Wellness for about four years.
She established clients from there at Something Sassy Beauty Salon and decided a small-scale shop would fit her.
Studio B opened June 4, with wash, style, cuts, color and other services available by appointment only.
One thing she appreciates about the community is the support and closeness it provides.
"I feel like California is just a place where everybody just kind of knows everybody," Brockes said.
Growing up, this was one thing she wanted to get away from, she added.
"It's a sense of community," Brockes said. "I think we all rely on each other and all support each other, and sometimes you don't get that everywhere."
The salon at 607 High St., Suite B, is decorated in a rustic industrial design with wood signs and potted plants to complete the look.
The suite size is perfect for a small business, she said. In the front room, a large mirror is on the wall for the client being styled. Shelves of shampoo, conditioner and care products are available for purchase.
In the back room, a wash station is on the right and a selection of colors hang on the walls. As of now, Brockes will be the only stylist, but she is not opposed to considering help in the future.
Her main goal was to create a place for people to relax and feel welcome, she said. A front porch sitting area and indoor seating shows a home-like feel.
The building previously was a home, divided into five apartments. Kayle and Nick Kiesling purchased and renovated the space.
Last Thursday, an open house welcomed the third business to the building. Appointments can be booked through Facebook at StudioBCali.