I asked Colleen Kurke, the owner and head stylist, for the story:
I’ve been fortunate to have a business in Wallingford since July 2007. When I first moved to Wallingford, I knew no one here. Being younger and very optimistic I took the challenge and opened CUTZ Wallingford on Wallingford Ave.
At the same time, I joined the Chamber of Commerce, spearheading the Wallingford Art Walk for three years and then took on the challenge of being President of the Chamber of Commerce for two years. I loved bringing community together for the common good of Wallingford businesses and residents.
During that time, I moved CUT to the old APEX dry cleaner’s location on Meridian Ave due to dispute with my previous landlady. I will always be thankful to my landlord Costa [Antonopoulos, owner of the buildings occupied by Murphy’s, the rug shop, Mejari Fusion Sushi, Fat Cat Records as well as the triplex behind them all on 46th] for his help in my endeavor to sustain CUTZ Meridian for 8 years.
Things are changing in the hood and with that inclination I decided to make a move to lower Wallingford. Initially, I looked at the space next to Night Light Nails on 45th, but in addition to the fact that it needed electrical work and heat a Wallingford resident contacted me through Nextdoor and told me that the place had been flooded in the past. Dodged a bullet on that one!
So now, I continue to style hair in a more intimate manner with a in-home salon. I like the commute. 🙂 Past (and future) clients can contact me through my website.
For the future, I’m contemplating new adventures. As Native American, I may see if I could help in some capacity at Daybreak Star in Discovery Park. Who knows which direction the wind will take me. For now, I’m content with my fabulous faithful clients who continue to support me.
Good luck with your adventures, Colleen!