Staff photo by Cole Dittmer
Charley Holt, owner of the new Coastal Tranquility Salon and Spa on Oleander Drive, adds color to Ruth Viehman’s hair.
What formerly served as the headquarters of Landscapes Unique on the corner of Oleander Drive and Bagley Avenue recently reopened as Coastal Tranquility Salon and Spa by stylist Charley Holt.
Holt said she had been looking for an old house to open her own salon and that she jumped at the opportunity when the 1940s bungalow became available.
“I think the day the sign went up here I was on it,” Holt said. “It has a very boutique feel and that is my goal. I looked at so many places and they were all the same. … I just wanted it to be different for my clients and new people.”
Now open for business, Coastal Tranquility offers all salon services for men, women and children. On the spa side, Holt said she has already hired two massage therapists and plans to hire a nail technician and an additional stylist.
Holt has been a stylist for five years after attending cosmetology school at Miller-Motte College, although her roots in cutting hair run deep.
“I come from a long line of hairdressers; my mother owns a salon in New Bern and my dad owns a barbershop there too,” she said. “I tried to run from it for the longest time but I couldn’t and now I love it.”
Despite growing up with both parents cutting hair, Holt said she did not take to the trade naturally as she recounted the first time she cut someone’s hair.
“My best friend in high school wanted me to cut her hair so we went up to my mom’s shop and all she wanted was a straight line across and I couldn’t do it,” Holt said. “We had to call my mom to come there because I kept getting it shorter and shorter.”
Working primarily at Salon Beyond Basics before opening Coastal Tranquility, Holt said she always wanted to open her own salon.
“I want you to come in and feel like you are at home, like you are at your friend’s house and you don’t want to leave,” she said. “I try and create a fun atmosphere; I feel like all of my clients are my best friends. It doesn’t matter if it is the first time or if I have been doing it for five years.”
One of the choices she has made for Coastal Tranquility was to use and carry organic hair and skin products.
“All of my products are organic or as close to organic as possible,” she said. “I don’t advertise it as an all-organic salon but that is primarily what I use.”
In addition to using organic products for her styling, Holt said she would also carry the Osmosis line of holistic makeup and skin care products.
To introduce her current and future clients to her new space, Holt said she would be hosting a grand opening sometime on Feb. 15, with food and refreshments. For more information, visit www.coastaltranquility.com