Accalia Salon Ribbon-Cutting ...

Accalia Salon Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, March 14, 2020, attended by Mayor Richard Bailey, City Council Member Bill Sandke, avid supporter Donna Salof, salon-owner Jessica Kephart and her team of stylists, as well as Jessica’s family members who flew in from Minnesota and Washington DC to celebrate at the cool, custom-designed premises at 131 Orange Avenue.

It’s tough to be celebrating a grand opening one minute then be obliged to close your doors just a few days later, but Jessica Kephart of Accalia Salon is determined to see her brand new hair and beauty business thrive; she even has a chuckle at the prospect of some of the rescues her team will be performing once her salon doors re-open. “We have a lot of military clients and many of their wives have sent us comical ‘Look what I did!’ pictures of their kitchen haircuts. I also had one woman seeking guidance on waxing her eyebrows at home. My advice? Don’t do it!”

A hair stylist and make-up artist with 15 years experience, Jessica lived and worked in Minnesota, New York, Texas and Hawaii before making Southern California her home five years ago. “I love using my creativity to help others feel good about themselves. Making personal connections with my clients has always been my favorite aspect to the job.”

Until the more personal aspect can resume, Jessica is offering gift cards specials (for every $50 purchased you get an additional $10) and a home delivery service to Coronado and Imperial Beach for her preferred eco-friendly product line Davines. “The OI All In One Milk ($35) does everything for all hair types - softens, detangles, controls frizz and adds shine.” But given all the hand-washing that is going on, their current bestseller is the OI Hand Balm ($20) which she says is non-greasy and incredibly moisturizing.

If you were wondering about the origin of the name Accalia, Jessica says it comes from Greek Mythology and represents a She-Wolf. “I have three Siberian Huskies and consider my team to be family so I want all our clients to feel part of our pack!”

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