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Couple combines quiet and riot in unique hair care/nails business

Al Lesar, Shopper News

A barbershop equipped with video games, loud music and an area where patrons can store their favorite beverage wouldn’t normally be combined with a peaceful, calm manicure area.

But, for some reason, it seems to work at The Handcraft Collective (3635 Western Ave.).

The husband and wife team (married since 2014) of Dustin and Sarah-Marie Hawn launched this venture at the end of February, and each has found a successful niche.

Sarah-Marie and Dustin Hawn have launched a unique nail salon/barbershop combination call The Handcraft Collective.

“I’m in charge of the business end, and Dustin does all the social media,” Sarah-Marie said. “We like being around each other. We’re best friends. We still have our own interests, but we enjoy each other.”

Sarah-Marie said it was more than a year ago when they came to the conclusion they wanted to go out on their own. After eight years at Food City, Sarah-Marie studied the art of nails and worked at De Spa and Salon in Powell for more than two years. Dustin had worked at Avenue Barbershop.

Music and a gaming area add to the fun atmosphere at The Handcraft Collective.

“We wanted to be our own boss,” Sarah-Marie said. “We both wanted a chill place.”

A fine line doing nails   

Sarah-Marie said there are times she’s tempted to join in the fun in the barbershop area, but there’s something about relaxation she likes.

“They’re like a bunch of big kids out there,” she said. “When they get the loud music going, they’re having a good ol’ time.

“I have my own little room. I like it where there’s just me (and a client) in the room.”

Sarah-Marie Hawn is meticulous in her nail work.

Years ago, the Loudon County native never would have dreamed she would have a life that focused around working with nails. However, now she finds the daily challenge a very positive thing.

“It tests my creativity,” she said. “There are tons of different things you can do with nails. You don’t want them lumpy or bumpy.

Clients can bring in their favorite beverage to help their haircut experience be better.

“(Just right is) a fine line. If there’s too much product, it will go everywhere. If it’s too thin, it won’t cover. I like nails because if the client’s not happy, I can just take it off and start over.”

Sarah-Marie said a mentor told her to take a picture of her job. If she can see straight lines in the reflection, it’s a job well done.


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