Salon second biz to occupy church's rental property


By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Monday, February 5, 2018

True Images Salon is the second business that plans to occupy the building Christ Episcopal Church plans to renovate. It’s also the business city officials previously declined to identify, despite the fact Christ Episcopal was being approved for a $20,000 city Business Improvement Grant. 

True Images owner Kim Bright said last week she’s hoping to open the doors at her new location at the intersection of Church and Poindexter streets in April or May. The space is owned by Christ Episcopal Church, which is planning a major renovation of the space next to Todd’s Pharmacy. Christ Episcopal plans to divide the space for two businesses; Elizabeth City officials previously reported that Music Off Main, which focuses on children’s performing arts education, is the other tenant.

Bright said she’s been in the salon business for 20 years, and True Images has been at its current location for about seven years. It’s enjoyed great growth since then, evidenced by many regular clients and her staff growing from five to nine.

Bright credited her business’ success to her dependability, her staff’s efforts to stay educated on new trends and developments in the business, and a friendly, inviting atmosphere. Asked about her clientele, she said “I hate to say clients because they’re more like friends and family.”

Bright also said she’s decided to move from her current space because Christ Episcopal is offering about 500 more square feet. That gives her some options for growth, she said.

Bright also acknowledged that she had asked Christ Episcopal not to identify her while the church was requesting a grant through the BIG program. Bright said she didn’t want her landlord to find out second-hand that she plans to move. She said she’s now given her landlord notice and he took it well.

Because city officials withheld Bright’s identity, both city councilors and the public weren’t aware who would benefit from the grant before it was approved on Jan. 22. Councilor Johnnie Walton asked for the tenants’ identities before the grant was approved, but still ultimately voted to award it.