Studio ready to accept new businesses
R&M Studios, the building that formerly housed the Retreat Salon and Health Spa in Gray, is now open and ready for more new businesses to join and new customers to see what is inside.
The studio is located at 4120 Gray Highway in Gray, and has several businesses located inside. Missy Skinner, the owner, can be reached at 478-972-3037.
Skinner is from Monticello, but now lives in Gray. She said she enjoys running R&M Studios in Jones County.
“I mentioned to my husband that the building was for sale, and he thought it was a good idea for me to buy it,” she said. “This building just offers a lot for many other businesses here. I had never owned a building before, plus it’s a nice, safe space for all the businesses inside this building.”
She said she started renovations on the building at the end of June, trying to improve things and move stuff around. She said R&M is important because salons are having to work in shifts due to COVID-19, but since R&M has separate rooms and is spread out, it allows more people to work at one time.
“We’re split up and you can shut your door. We can all keep working. When you shut down your business for six weeks, it makes things really hard on everyone,” Skinner said.
The owner said inside R&M Studios, there is Remax, The Retreat, Voodoo Massage, Bare Beauty, The Van Norman Salon, and Salon m2 . She said inside the building customers can get help with real estate, microdermabrasion, hydrafacials, dermaplaning, peels, mirconeedling, hair cutting, hair coloring, waxing, makeup, special event makeup, eyelash extensions, manicures, pedicures, massages, and more.
“I think doing hair is a challenge in a creative way,” she said. “I knew what I wanted to do when I was 18 years old, and I always enjoyed it. I did my own hair and everyone else’s, too.”
Skinner said as soon as she graduated high school, she went into cosmetology school. She said she worked under a stylist at a salon as she went through school and she’s been doing hair ever since.
“I have owned a salon for almost 13 years, so I’ve figured out how to own a business. I own Salon m2 here at R&M Studios, too. There’s satisfaction and pride in knowing this place is mine,” Skinner said.
The hairstylist said owning her own salon and building means she gets to run things her own way. She said she takes professionalism very seriously. She said she likes to put her best foot forward.
“I had a client tell me one time that your hairstylist should be the most glamorous person in the room. That stuck with me. I take pride in how I present myself to my clients. I want to look the part of a hairstylist,” she said.
Skinner said she hopes to get more clients coming into R&M Studios. She said each business has a lot to offer, especially since they have beauty pretty much covered.
“I hope R&M is packed in five years,” Skinner said. “I want lots of activity here and lots of happy people. I plan to be here a long time, so people should check us out.”