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Inspiring Conversations with Madison Stills and Olivia Cruse of Amity & Vine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Madison Stills and Olivia Cruse.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
We met in beauty school and always worked together on clients. We built a friendship and started our journey in the industry together. When it came time for graduation, we ended up going to work at the same salon and started talking about the future. Once our friends at KC Tiny Greenhouse presented us with the opportunity to open a salon in their space, it just felt right. So we put our heart and souls into it right away and made our dreams a reality. It still seems surreal, but we wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
For the most part, the transition has been smooth. Of course, you always have the struggle with being a new salon and attracting clientele, but the community in the West Bottoms is so inviting and we have met amazing people here. COVID-19 has also been a struggle to work around and keep up with. Along with other small businesses, we have had to follow mask mandates and make sure we are doing our part to keep our community safe.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Amity & Vine?
We are a full service hair salon in the heart of the West Bottoms. We promote healthy hair, inclusivity, positive vibes, and realistic beauty standards. It is a priority to us that all of our clients receive quality hair care that is also cost-effective. Hair services are a luxury that we believe should be more accessible to everyone in our community. That’s why every third Thursday of each month, we offer a number of different treatments to our clients on a “pay what you can” basis.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
We keep up to date on the newest trends on social media and try our best to learn every technique possible to give you your #hairgoals.

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Austin Mosier Photography

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