By Magda Dakin
If you’ve driven through downtown Uxbridge lately you may have noticed a change in the storefronts on South Main Street that used to house Touch of Magick, right next to Eddie’s and across from Alternatives. Touch of Magick has moved to larger quarters a mile or so down the street, making room for two great shops, one new, The Gift Stop, and one established, Hairworks.
Jess Lambert, owner and manager of Hairworks, had been in North Uxbridge for the last 13 years. Her happy customers are thrilled with the new, larger space and especially enjoy the charm of the ceilings and lights when their heads are in the washing sinks. Jess says, “It’s a great location, lots of parking, easy to find, light and airy and perfect for what we create each time a customer sits in our chairs.”
“What’s even more fun now is the sister store we just opened next door,” says Jess. “The space was available, and we brainstormed one day with my sister Amy and mom, thinking it would be a great space to do something fun with. Amy has always wanted to try something like the gift store and now was the perfect time to do it.”
Opened just last month, The Gift Stop is operated by Amy Josey and mom Linda Stanick. They’ve been having lots of fun filling the space with unique gifts sourced from all over, including some locally produced items. “Brady and Gronk socks have sold out twice already; in fact, all our socks are very popular. We’ve selected gift items that are suitable for adults to children, old and young,” says an enthused Amy. “It’s been an adventure finding the right items from the right vendors and then putting them into the shop so everything can be shown off to best advantage.”
Mom Linda says, “We’ve designed the store so it’s a one-stop shop. Gifts are packaged, ready to give as gifts, including appropriate cards and ribbons. The guys especially like that.”
“Jess loves the sparkling Swarovski Crystal earrings by Jojo. The classy reversible rain capes and matching umbrellas are also very popular. We have the Oprah-approved Cottage Greenhouse line of lotions and creams and my favorite is the gauzy, delicate scarf that doubles as a scent- free insect repellant.” says Linda.
“The line of funky t-shirts with local New England sayings have people coming back for more,” says Amy “And we-re proud to have the Brozzian Spice line here too.”
“We love the ‘shop local’ theme and are a part of that effort in the Uxbridge area. We want to carry lots of locally-created gift items. We have several items specifically targeting this with the ZIP code and big U themes. Out-of-town tourists love to come and browse these items. We’re expanding the line and are open to suggestions,” continues Amy.
“Keeping it Real in the U”- themed glasses are great for fundraisers in schools and sports associations. Both Amy and Jess feel strongly about supporting the neighborhood and have participated in local events. Hairworks staff volunteered in local theatre productions with makeup and styling and also volunteered in the Tim Tibeau “Night to Shine” events.
A customer in The Gift Stop was heard saying, “This is exactly what this town needs, a local place to pick up a gift and cards and not have to travel out of town.”
“We are happily surprised by the great response we’ve had since we opened up the shop and store. People are so supportive, and the neighborhood has welcomed us with open arms. We love being a part of keeping the downtown area a vital part of this town,” says Jess.
When Hairworks moved, longtime stylists Donna and Tiffany also came along to the new location. An additional chair made possible by the move now features the newest stylist, Jennifer. Most appointments are scheduled but walk-ins are available when there is space in the schedule. “The girls love doing color and foils and Jennifer is great with the formal styling,” says Jess. “We’ve got the products everyone loves and also a few new things.” Paul Mitchell, Joico and Bed Head products are joined by Monat, a scalp and hair revitalizer, and Fairy Tales, a rosemary-infused product to repel and prevent lice.
A bright friendly waiting area greets the customers, coffee and tea is available, as is a donation box for the local food pantry. These days, though, if there is any waiting to be done you’ll find the customers next door, browsing the gift selections at The Gift Stop. “There’s a nice flow between the gift store and the salon. I love to hear the chatter and laughter coming from next door,” says Linda as she waits on customers in the gift store.
Hairworks is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number is 508-234-1275. The Gift Stop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone 508-243-0699. The address is 2 South Main Street, Uxbridge.