Hair on the Square has been open for three years. Jenny Gillick and Ashley Milner are owners of Hair on the Square, a beauty salon just off the square. The actual business location address is 619 Douglas St., Suite B, just around the corner from Glenn Brothers Garage Door Inc.
Just the right size for the two stylists, Jenny said about the area where their cute shop is located, “Before, this was the storage for the (Glenn Brothers) garage.”
Way back when, the location of Glenn Brother’s Garage was Harry’s, a bar and grill famous for their milk shakes and hamburgers. Jenny and Ashley think perhaps the area where their shop is now located was once where the pool table was back when. The building has been a few other businesses along the way, but today it is a place for Pawnee residents and those in Central Illinois to come to be pampered.
The building is owned by Glenn Brothers Garage and Tim Glenn converted the area for the stylists into their current cool workspace. With exposed brick and the clean sleek grey color combo, it sets just the right tone for a wonderful beauty experience. At Hair on the Square, they offer a variety of treatments. Without ever having to leave town, you can get a haircut, color, highlights and more. You can get a perm, waxing, a pedicure or manicure!
On the square, this is an easy location for Pawnee residents, however, customers come a ways to the shop as well! One of the Facebook Reviews shows one customer drives an hour one way for hair styling, providing readers an idea of the stylist’s customer base loyalty.
Besides the services outlined above, Jenny and Ashley added that gift certificates are available. This would make wonderful Valentine’s Day, or upcoming Mother’s Day gift.
Jenny and Ashley are experienced stylists that chose to open a shop together and pool their talents. ‘We worked together previously,” Ashley said.
The two met when working at another salon. That experience showed them that working together was something they knew they would enjoy before opening their own shop.
Pawnee has been the perfect place for their hair salon location. Jenny, who was born and raised in Pawnee, attended cosmetology school in Springfield right out of high school and started doing hair right after graduation. “I’ve been doing hair for 23 years now,” she added.
Ashley who also has been a Pawnee resident all her life also attended cosmetology school after high school and started working in the industry after graduation. “I have been doing this for 18 years,” she shared.
Hair on the Square is open Tuesday from 10-7, Wednesday from 3-7, Thursday from 10-7, Friday from 8-2, and Saturday from 10-2, most of the time. With COVID, and unexpected family needs, hours may vary slightly!
Both Jenny and Ashley are married with children. Jenny and her husband Matthew have been married for eleven years and have two children, a girl that is eight, and a boy that is four. Matthew works in Taylorville for a food service warehouse company. Ashley is married to Bill, and they have two children. Their daughter is 19 and married, and they have a daughter that is 13. Ashley’s husband Bill works for the State of Illinois at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
“I love it,” Jenny said about both working in the beauty industry and working in Pawnee. “I love doing this, and when I want and need to, being here in town, I can take care of stuff at home.”
Ashley added that the community has been very supportive of their salon. “Pawnee is a good place to do business.”
For more information about Hair on the Square, you can find them on Facebook at (5) Hair on the Square | Facebook. Call 217-646-9068 to book an appointment.