Dawson County native Gabrielle Harwood has opened Salon Meraki 222 at 746 Meridian in Cozad.
Meraki is a Greek word meaning to put your whole self into what you do. 222 means ‘total bliss’.
Harwood was born in Gothenburg, spent part of her childhood in Cozad and graduated from Overton High School in 2012. She is the granddaughter of Walt and Stephanie Snyder of Cozad and credits them for helping her start her business and for all of their advice past and present.
Harwood graduated from Xenon Academy of Cosmetology in Grand Island in 2013. She then visited in New York City for additional schooling where she worked alongside Ammon Carver and Daniel Roldan.
In 2014 she and her fiancée’ Kelley Clark moved to Elwood and she worked in Lexington at V-Mans. Clark, a diesel mechanic in Lexington and Harwood were married on October 21, 2014 and purchased a house in Cozad in May 2015. She worked at Meadowlark Pointe in Cozad.
The couple has one son, Zaylen who was born in November of 2015.
Harwood has been searching for a building in Cozad since 2015 and was thrilled when the opportunity to purchase the former Reflections/Boss Tattoos building became available.
Harwood completed the remodeling and redecorating of the building herself with the exception of the electricity and plumbing. A highlight of the building’s interior is the hair station area made from several different wooden palettes. Several walls are painted burgundy that is Harwood’s favorite color and also is in memory of her late aunt, Delores Fredricksen.
When asked if she always wanted to become a cosmetologist, she replied: “Yes, I did and I remember sneaking my siblings into the bathroom to cut their bangs at very early age.”
Harwood has truly poured her heart and soul into her salon and has even bigger plans for the future.
Photographer Elizabeth Walters, of Studio Walters has an area for portraits in the building. Walter’s husband, Jeremy is the art teacher at Eustis-Farnam Public School and has his artwork displayed throughout the interior of her salon.
Aesthetician Amanda Molina has a private room and is open on Mondays, Thursdays and every other Saturday. Molina provides facials and body waxes.
Nickole Zook will also be occupying a private room and will be available for spray tan appointments in the near future.
Harwood also plans to open a ‘nail area’ with manicures and pedicures and hopes to hire a second stylist.
“I plan to keep rental at a very reasonable price for everyone in the salon so that each one of us is successful,” Harwood noted.
The upstairs is another area that Harwood would like to remodel and rent out for birthday parties, bridal showers and other celebrations.
One amenity available at the salon is the table with coffee, water, lemonade and homemade goodies suggested by Grandpa Walt.
Salon Meraki 222 is open on Mondays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesdays – Fridays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or by appointment.
Harwood may be contacted by calling (308) 455-0918 or by emailing her at Salonmeraki222gmail.com