Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home
Cloud 9 Salon & Spa Is On Another Level

by Steve Gamel

Kim Cloud Skidmore couldn’t tell you how or why the thought popped into her head. It was a weekend evening, and she and husband, Christopher, were enjoying a dinner date at Marty B’s in Bartonville – talking about everything except work. But once they hit the parking lot, it hit her.

“I see this piece of land next to Marty B’s. I turned to Christopher and said, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool to move the salon out here?’ It was a random thing,” said Kim, owner of Cloud 9 Salon & Spa. “But then he says, ‘Well, why don’t you?’”

That was in July. Kim not only took Christopher up on his suggestion, but she is now less than a year away from catapulting what is already the most popular salon and spa in Denton County – complete with every beautifying and relaxing service under the sun – to another level with the grand opening of the new location.

By the time Lantana Living magazine caught up with Kim in early May, she had purchased the piece of land, which sits in a prime spot near Marty B’s roughly six miles west of her current salon on FM 407. The plan is to break ground in August or September, and while they continue to go over artist renderings to fine-tune the ultimate experience, she wants to make sure everyone knows the existing salon is business as usual.

That’s good news for Cloud 9 clients, who for 28 years have turned to Kim’s team for everything from color and innovative cuts to special occasion styles, nails, waxing, all facial services, lash extensions, brow blading, and massages. The atmosphere downstairs is upbeat and friendly, and upstairs in the spa, it’s as if you’ve entered another world. It’s quiet and soothing but with the same commitment to customer service experienced throughout the entire salon.

And if that weren’t enough, Cloud 9 has endeared itself as the perfect community partner with Cloud 9 Charities, which holds events that raise money for Bedtime Rescue, a homeless program that houses our community’s homeless.

With that being said, it’s difficult not to get wrapped up in the excitement of the move.

“Nothing is changing with our services … it just gets better,” Kim said. “Christopher drew the entire interior of the salon, and it’s been fun to bounce ideas off him and have that support. It’s a family deal, and our entire team knows and is incredibly excited.”

Kim’s son, Nathan Dean, manages and partners in the day-to-day operations of the salon and couldn’t agree more.

“We are going to be the new thing in town again,” he said.

The move makes sense for a variety of reasons. The current salon at 1651 Justin Road sits back a bit from the road and has slowly become hidden by other businesses. The new location is frontage property, granting instant visibility in an area that is expected to see a dramatic influx of residential and commercial properties over the next few years.

Cloud 9 will also be a stone’s throw from Marty B’s, a wildly popular spot for families, residents, and visitors to hang out.

“We did so many studies – what’s coming in terms of homes, the value here versus the value there, what the move will mean for our girls who are building their businesses, and the fact that most of our clients are already out that direction,” Kim said. “Taking all that and more into consideration, we felt moving west was the best option for everyone.”

When Kim and Christopher first looked into that piece of land, the owner said it wasn’t for sale. But after a few months of looking around for something else, those owners changed their mind and entered into negotiations. Kim and Nathan can’t help but laugh as renderings for the salon get bigger and more detailed as they continue hashing out ideas and options.

The existing space is 8,200 square feet. The new one being designed by Scott Arbuckle of GHA Architects is approximately 10,000 square feet and will incorporate a healthy mix of traditional open stations and private rooms for their stylists and guests. The entire facility has a modern look with better lighting, a patio area for employees, bigger office space, a cleaner design, and more soundproofing for a quieter feel.

“We asked our team what they would do differently,” Kim said. “From lighting to the layout of stations, private rooms, positioning, and size, we considered it all. We’ve tried to think of everything.”

On top of that, Marty B’s has leased a portion of the space for a coffee shop and bakery called Cowboy Coffee.

“To have this opportunity to go play with Marty is incredible,” Nathan said. “Everything he touches turns to gold, and he’s a great guy. From the moment we decided to do this, it’s incredible to see how it’s all fallen into place.”

Proving once again that Cloud 9 will always be on another level.

“If you’re going to do something, do it right,” Kim said. “Don’t mess around, and have fun with it!”

Cloud 9 Salon | 972.317.4384 | Cloud9Salon.com | 1651 Justin Rd. • Flower Mound, TX 75028

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