If the board approves the conditional use permit, Thompson hopes to open his salon in late spring or early summer.
Thompson moved to New York City after growing up in Springfield because he wanted to experience something different, he said. Now he’s back and said he wants to help improve the city that raised him.
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The salon will specialize in men’s and women’s haircuts, Thompson said.
“They will be modern haircuts, stuff you would see in the bigger cities, but at a price that everyone can afford,” Thompson said.
Along with the haircuts, Thompson hopes his business can also become a sort of hub for the local art community. He said he wants an artist to feel proud to display their work at his store.
He also plans to specialize in cancer patients and hair replacement for men and women.