Michelle Eva is excited to combine her two salons in Hermitage and move to Mt. Juliet to showcase as anchor tenant at a rebuilt strip mall on Lebanon Road.

For four years, a lot on Lebanon Road remained fenced and empty after the former strip mall there was struck by lightning and burned in May 2016. John Mires is currently the property owner, according to Eva.

Eva said the new strip mall will be about 15,000 square feet with her anchor space about 5,521 square feet. She’s been told another tenant may bring in a restaurant with a patio. She will combine her “baby,” Michelle’s Salon & Media Spa in Hermitage, with her Indulgence Salon and Medi Spa in Hermitage to create a one-of-a-kind mega beauty retreat that combines the best of both her beauty worlds for the community.

She’s all into her plans for the new place.

“I’ve been in the business for 25 years,” she said. “I’ve owned five salons.”

Eva lives in Wilson County and admires the way it maintains and supports its businesses.

“I will really miss having my shops in Hermitage,” she said. “I’ve been here so long, and it’s like my family here. I really believe all my Hermitage area customers will drive down the road to Mt. Juliet.”

Eva said they are ready to break ground soon on her new, ultra-modern, clean and wide-open salon. There will be about 25-28 professionals who will provide services.

“It’s modern, upscale and sterile, she said. “This is so exciting for me. It is surreal to combine my two salons. It’s bittersweet to close Michele’s, and I will miss my current neighbors, and it was my home. I have memories of my daughter growing up in the salon.”

That daughter will make her a grandma in September and has been a constant support and worker at the salon. She will move into the Mt. Juliet vibe, of course.

With COVID-19 restrictions, Eva had to shut down for some time.

“There have been difficult times,” she said.

But, she’s persevered through the transition and can’t wait to have her current clients follow her to Mt. Juliet, and gain many more.

“I have faith in God,” she said. “It helps me wrap my head around it. I’ve watched my girls [stylists] suffer. We’ve made sure they’ve had some income. I’m excited about this new, unique opportunity for all of us.”

Outside the usual services, Eva’s place in Mt. Juliet will include such things as eyelashes, manicures and pedicures, extensions, highlights, eyebrows, estheticians, massage therapists, Botox, fillers and a nurse practitioner.

“I cannot tell you how excited I am to be part of the Mt. Juliet community,” said Eva.

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