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Monday, September 28, 2015

Photographer & Hair/Makeup Artist Duo To Set Up Shop in The Hiland

Heather Hamlet and Kacy Cierley to offer photography and salon services in The Historic Hiland Building.

Opening in The Historic Hiland Building in mid-October, Kacy Cierley and Heather Hamlet call their joint effort "The Perfect Space."

Cierley of Kacy Cierley Photography photographs newborns, babies and families. Hamlet of Heather Hamlet Beauty is setting up salon space to serve clients in need of hair and makeup, including cuts, color, styling, wedding updos and waxing. Together the duo plans to provide glamour, boudoir and artistic photos, providing clients with both hair and makeup, as well as the photography.

Cierley, a college-educated professional photographer has rented studio space in Fort Thomas for the past three years. "I am looking forward to expanding my business by moving my studio to The Hiland," she says.

Hamlet grew up in the beauty industry, watching her mother, who owned a salon. A licensed cosmetologist, Hamlet has worked for various makeup lines and photographers, as well as in a Fort Thomas salon. "It's a long-time dream of hers to have her own salon," Cierley says. "And we are looking forward to working together on many more exciting projects." 

Hamlet and Cierley have worked together on several projects, and recently decided to join forces. "We will still keep our separate business identities, but we will work together on joint projects as well," Cierley says.

Both Hamlet and Cierley wanted to stay in Fort Thomas, but were discouraged when they couldn't find suitable space after months of searching. "Thankfully, after speaking with Debbie Buckley, she directed us to Dan Gorman and we signed the lease a week later," Cierley says. "We are very excited for the renovation of our studio space as well as the whole building. We hope to be a great asset to the city of Fort Thomas."

Gorman has given Hamlet and Cierley the freedom to design their individual space, along with his insight as well as Marilyn Kurelis, an interior designer. "Dan is a visionary with a great plan," Cierley says. "Everything for the common areas is super hip and trendy, just like our space will be. Between the four of us and the great construction crew, we are very excited about the finished product."

The finished product will include a studio filled with exposed brick and tall ceilings. "I am very excited to use natural elements instead of paper backdrops," Cierley says. "I want to give my clients a timeless look and this studio will really achieve that." The space is big enough to accommodate bridal parties needing hair and makeup done. Hamlet and Cierley also plan to host "Walk In Wednesdays," which will be discounted headshots and haircuts for anyone who stops by on a Wednesday night. "We really want to get Fort Thomas involved in our new business," Cierley says.

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