FREDERICKTOWN — Two new businesses sharing one building opened in Fredericktown on Friday, bringing a new salon, wellness center and flower and local merchant shop to northern Knox County.

The Shoppe on Main and Helia Salon + Wellness both celebrated their first day of business with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.

The two businesses are located at 167 N. Main Street. The Shoppe on Main is open Monday through Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Helia Salon is open by appointment only. If interested in scheduling an appointment, customers should call 740-390-7717.

Before 167 N. Main Street became The Shoppe on Main, owner Kristine Lindeman purchased the property and operated Aunt Ruth’s Attic antique store. The antique store closed in February 2022 so renovations could be completed for the opening of Linderman’s new business.

“When we originally started the project, we wanted it to be a little bit more of a restoration,” Lindeman said. “It ended up being a little bit more of a renovation, but we tried to incorporate pieces and parts from the building.”

Lindeman said she’s thankful for the community’s support, adding she appreciates everyone’s patience for the grand opening. Shoppers can find flowers to purchased as well as local merchants selling a variety of items such as pillows, candles, honey, plants and more. 

“I always felt like the community had our backs,” she said.

When Helia Salon owner Deva Geiger went to Aunt Ruth’s to purchase chairs for her apartment, it was mentioned that Geiger could perhaps open a salon here someday, not knowing she’d eventually complete her dream and come full circle.

“It’s really like just living a dream here,” Geiger said.

“I just hope that the community understands what this salon is supposed to be. The salon is not just a salon. It’s not just a place for you to come in and get your hair done and your nails done, or a massage to feel beautiful and to relax,” Geiger added.

“But it’s a place for you to come in and have your cup filled and to see the beauty in the little things. Every single piece, of the salon, every mirror, every table, every chair was brought in with intentionality to serve you and to carry on a legacy of virtue. I just hope that you guys just get to enjoy it.”

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