114 N. Washington St., Delphi, IN 46923
Ann Hughes, owner of Sassy’s Salon, is very happy to call Carroll County her home, but she didn’t always feel that way. “I told my parents not to bother with a graduation party,” says the Delphi alumni. “After high school, I was ready to pack my car and take off. I couldn’t wait to go.”
She did leave, traveling all the way to California, where she lived for the summer. Later, as Certified Salon/Stylist Educator, she was flown all over the country. Now, as the owner of a successful business in Delphi, she reflects, “I never thought I’d come back here to stay. But now…I sit at the stoplight, and someone waves and shouts a greeting to me, and I know…this is home. I know I belong. I know everyone has my back,” she says.
Sassy’s Salon offers full services for men and women’s hair care, as well as manicures, pedicures and reflexology for their feet. Sassy’s now employs six stylists and just celebrated 10 years in business. Ann’s vision for the salon began after she had already been back in the area for awhile. She worked as a stylist in Lafayette and in Delphi, and she was also a licensed educator, training upcoming stylists in Logansport. While she enjoyed the work, Ann began thinking about striking out on her own. “I felt I could offer something new here, and I knew there were people who would respond to that,” she says.
Her instincts were right. After six years at the Washington Street location, where she and her husband live above the salon, Sassy’s had outgrown the space. “We looked at relocating to another part of town,” she says. “In the end, though, it made sense to stay here and build on.” The new addition was completed in 2007. Sassy’s stocks many personal care items for sale. “We carry products for men from American Crew and Woody’s. We also have Aquage, Joico, Clinicare, OPI and TIGI Professional Make-up.”
Ann wants to inspire others to succeed. She has several high school students working part time at Sassy’s. She also believes in supporting other local businesses. “Obviously, the products we use for clients are not available here, but I buy local as much as I can,” she says. “For instance, we offer our guests a cup of something to drink as they come in. I get the cups from Wallman’s.” Ann names several other local businesses that she frequently uses, including: Alco, Blockbuster, Stone House, Pizza Hut, Pizza King, Mitchell’s Mexican Grill and Q-Graphics.
Part of the reason for her salon’s success is the quality of service. “We always strive to bring you the latest and greatest. We want to offer big city style at small town prices," says Ann. “All the stylists get at least 40 hours of additional education every year. Most off all, though, we are here to provide the most enjoyable, relaxing service for you. We really do care about our clients."