|Heather Hamlet and Kacy Cierly in their new studio in the Hiland Building. Provided.|
After almost three months of hard work and dust and second-hand shopping and budget adjusting and sleepless nights, Kacy Cierley, 31, and Heather Hamlet, 30, have opened up The Perfect Space in the historic Hiland building, with an open house held November 29.
Together they, along with Dan Gorman, owner of the Hiland building, and the Helm brothers worked long hours to turn 8-foot ceilings into 16-foot ceilings. They've exposed brick, expanded their budget to include three large windows, stained concrete and added barnwood accents.
Consider Hiland's history: movie theater then offices. And now, this—after the space had been vacant for more than 10 years. The transformation is remarkable and their goal—modern but rustic—achieved.
Cierley of Kacy Cierley Photography photographs newborns, individuals and families. Hamlet of Heather Hamlet Beauty has set up a glamorous salon space to serve clients in need of hair and makeup, including cuts, color, styling, wedding updos and waxing, complete with a brow bar. While Cierley and Hamlet serve clients individually, together the duo provides glamour, boudoir, headshots and artistic photos, providing clients with both hair and makeup, as well as photography.
Cierley's space is a bit more plain than Hamlet's, but that's on purpose. She needs the wall space for backdrop purposes. A full-size bed serves as the perfect prop for newborns, families and boudoir photos. Shelving contains props, including headbands, hats and rompers for babies. A separate room with TV offers entertainment for children during family photo shoots.
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Hamlet's space includes two stations in case she needs to hire help for weddings, although she prefers a more intimate experience. There's a brow bar, hair-washing station, exposed brick, faux animal heads on the wall and a fabulous chandelier. Having grown up in her mother's salon (now Connie's Salon in Fort Thomas), Hamlet knows what clients want in terms of atmosphere.
Cierley and Hamlet found many items at second-hand stores, including a lighting fixture from a former Frisch's Big Boy restaurant, a $15 sink and a $30 dresser. The chandelier is, perhaps, their most favorite find—and it is, indeed, stunning.
Perks of the space include a washer and dryer on site, as well as attic space for storage.
It's difficult for Cierely and Hamlet to hide their excitement while showing off the space. Their open house was a grand success and they have exciting plans for the future. One concept includes Walk-In Wednesday, which they hope to start early next year. Clients who need a new headshot or profile picture for online platforms including LinkedIn and dating apps can stop by for a basic haircut, wax and photo—no appointment necessary. Cierely and Hamlet say it's something both men and women could benefit from.
"We love it," Cierley says of the space. "And we are looking forward to working together on many more exciting projects."