A1 Xpressions hits the mark

by Melissa Miller

This past March, A1 Xpressions celebrated its first anniversary at its location at 14059 Lorain Avenue and owner Ashley Arnold could not be happier about being a part of the neighborhood.

A1 Xpressions is a full service beauty salon and barbershop that serves men, women and children. In addition to normal haircuts and styling services, A1 Xpressions offers manicures, pedicures, make-up services, facials, messages, waxing, paraffin, and extensions all in the friendly and fun shop.

Arnold and her husband are West Park homeowners who were both working outside the neighborhood last year when they adopted their son. Arnold had always dreamed of opening her own shop and was tired of spending over an hour a day commuting to and from work when her husband suggested she open a shop closer to home.

She found a shop for sale on Lorain by West 140th Street and thought it would be an ideal location. While looking for a shop Arnold knew she wanted to be near her home, but also near schools because she loves being involved in the community and feels kids and schools offer an amazing way to give back to the community.

Garfield School (which is preK-8) and John Marshall High School are right around the corner from the salon. A1 Xpressions held a special day to receive haircuts at greatly reduced prices for students from these two campuses and A1 just held a free prom consultation day for John Marshall students. Arnold also recently participated as an employer table in Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation’s West Park MyCom Summer Job Jumpstart for young adults at Gunning Recreation Center on April 29th.

“We have so many ways to give back in this neighborhood, I love it,” says Arnold.

Call 216-688-0601 to learn more about the services offered at A1 Xpressions or to make an appointment.

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