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The Perfect Switch Salon moves to Main

Those looking for the alternative option to their routine haircut can now find it at 315 Main Ave. S. in Park Rapids.

A family owned business, The Perfect Switch Salon is run by Matt Winskowski. The salon recently moved from 501 1st St. E. in the hopes of expansion and furthering opportunity. Switch Salon offers hair, nails (manicure and pedicure), facial waxing, colors and perms while also offering unique and individualized personal service. Winskowksi, who originally went to UTI (Universal Technical Institute) to be an auto mechanic, took a roundabout approach into the salon industry.

“I went to school to be a mechanic, but I found out that mechanics wasn’t for me for a variety of reasons. I started dating a woman who was in the hair industry, and she encouraged me to follow suit,” said Winskowski. He also runs an entertainment and DJ Service, Krank It Up Entertainment, specializing in Weddings and special parties.

His Cosmetology education started at Park Avenue School of Cosmetology, he later transferred to Josef’s School of Hair Design in Fargo and finally completing his certifications in Bemidji at “The Spa.”

“After I got my license, we opened. In the beginning, it was a learning experience,” Winskowski said.

The first year and a half he worked under two different experienced managers until he qualified to get his managers license.

With multiple rooms vacant in the back of their building, Switch Salon hopes to offer even more services in the future.

“We would at some point like to add piercing and tattoo services, and have room for a Massage Therapist. We already have what we believe is the most extensive line of Body Jewelry in Park Rapids,” Winskowski said.

Switch Salon currently employs two other stylists. Brittany Cloud has recently transferred her license from another salon in Park Rapids, and Amber Bird has been a stylist at the salon for over a year.

“I love it here. This is what I pictured myself doing when I was growing up and wanting to do hair,” Cloud said.

Winskowski encourages creativity from stylists, including himself. Stylists personalize their workstations under the belief that allowing employees to be creative and express themselves results in better work for his clients.

“I let everybody that comes in here express themselves ... I want to make the people who work with me happy, because then they feel like more of a part of it; I let them be a part of everything that goes on around here,” Winskowski said.

“Our clients range in age from two to 80, and they pick us because there is no pretense. We try to be who and what we are while embracing the specific needs of all clients. We call ourselves a “New Age Salon for All Ages,” because that is truly what we try to bring.

Ultimately, Winskowski wants set Switch Salon apart from the rest of the competition in order to grow its clientele. He wants their work to speak for itself.

“I want to get to a point where our reputation is that of a salon that delivers skilled individual styling. We want clients to come to us because they know they will get professional treatment and killer results.” Winskowski said.

Switch Salon can be reached at 237-8703. Follow them on Facebook.