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Story last updated at 3:37 PM on Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Business is booming; Kelly's Kutz expands



Photo by McKibben Jackinsky

The purchase of a new building means a new base of operations in Anchor Point for Kelly's Kutz, originally owned by Destiny Kelly, right, May 2009. The remodeling of the building is being done by her husband, Ray Marquis, left, of Marquis Enterprises.

It's been little more than two years since Destiny Kelly opened Kelly's Kutz at the corner of the Sterling Highway and North Fork Road in Anchor Point. Business is booming.

On June 17, Kelly completed the purchase of two buildings owned by Emmitt Trimble and near her present location next to Coastal Realty.

The buildings include two apartments, 25 storage units that come in three sizes — five feet by five feet, five feet by 10 feet and five feet by 14 feet — and an area larger than 1,000 square feet that Kelly has yet to decide how to use.

The focus of her attention, however, is a space larger than 900 square feet at the south end of one of the buildings, where sawdust and sheetrock dust is accumulating, windows are being relocated, new lighting is being installed and additional rooms are being created. The exterior also is getting a facelift with new siding and other renovations.

Formerly the location of Aurora Taxes and Accounting, the spot is being transformed by Kelly and her husband, Ray Marquis of Marquis Enterprises, into a new home for Kelly's Kutz. An opening date is set for Aug. 1.

Kelly's loyal clientele, which not only includes Anchor Point residents but extends south to Homer and north as far as Anchorage and Wasilla, will soon be able to enjoy the large, well-lit space, Kelly's hair-styling talent, the continued artistry of nail technician Casandra Lehmberg of Color My Nails, the recent addition of therapeutic massage by Don Schaeffer and an expanded inventory of hair care products.

One area of the new space will become a boutique, featuring jewelry, purses, hats and other items made by local crafters. Kelly also is looking for another stylist to help balance out her busy appointment schedule.

Before coming to Anchor Point, Kelly completed her hair-stylist training in Nampa, Idaho, in 2004. She opened for business in Anchor Point on May 12, 2009, in spite of a delay in the arrival of her equipment and products.

"I had a spray water bottle and a pair of scissors and did 10 haircuts that day," she said, adding that other appointments were simply rescheduled.

For now, the business will continue under the same name, Kelly's Kutz, but a name change is in the not-too-distant future as a result of Kelly's June 18 marriage to Marquis.

As evidenced by the expansion taking place, the change in marital status hasn't slowed the business owner's momentum. She scheduled time off the week before the wedding, but ended up being in the shop every day and was back the following Tuesday.

"I'm married to my shop before I'm married to anyone else," said Kelly, laughing. "I've got a man that understands that."

This has been a year of change for Kelly in other ways, as well. She and her husband recently purchased a home on the North Fork Road, which means Kelly is that much closer to her shop and no longer has to make the daily commute from Stariski.

While her posted hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Kelly said that is frequently not the case. In fact, lights can be seen burning some nights at Kelly's Kutz long past closing hours in order for her to meet her clients' hair care needs and schedules.

With more business plans dancing around inside her head, Kelly is appreciative of the reception the area has given.

"This is amazing," she said. "Anchor Point is a great place for me."

McKibben Jackinsky can be reached at mckibben.jackinsky@homernews.com.