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Tiana's Hair Cottage new business in Philip

Open for business ... Tiana’s Hair Cottage is owned, managed and staffed by Tiana Fitch. With three older sisters already in cosmetology, and a younger one starting, Fitch has a lifetime of interest. The business is based off of her Headlines Academy training and her love of people.

by Del Bartels

"I wanted my own business and to set my own hours," said Tiana Fitch concerning the opening of her own beauty shop in Philip.

Tiana's Hair Cottage officially opened for business on Wednes-day, May 7th. Fitch said, "I love coloring and cutting," but smiled when she said that she offers the full gamut of hair, nails and esthetics of any beauty salon. She caters to everyone, women, men and children.

Fitch is offering a five to 20 percent discount, depending on the service, for the first two weeks of business, through May 21st. "I've been staying busy so far. Hope-fully, it will always stay that way," she said.

The new business is located in its own structure at 109 Larimer Avenue, west of the Golden West building. "This place has a lot of character. It felt like home when I came in," Fitch said.

Fitch recently graduated from Headlines Academy in Rapid City, though her interest in cosmetology goes back far before that. She has three older sisters who are in the field, and her younger sister will start training in June. Though Fitch admitted, "No, I didn't think that someday I would be running my own business," she understands that it is not all just about beauty. "My least liked part is managing all the taxes," she said.

Fitch is engaged to be married to Luke Weber. "I open my own business just one month before the wedding! About the beauty salon, I think he's excited - that's what he told me anyway," she said.

Though Fitch likes being able to work her own hours and plans to take many clients by appointment, she welcomes walk-ins. The business' projected hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to when the day's appointments are all completed. She will be open Monday through Friday, and on weekends by appointment for weddings and other special occasions.

Tiana's Hair Cottage business phone number is 859-2146.