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Whether in search of the perfect highlights for an upcoming wedding or an exciting color to complement your favorite style, most ladies turn to those over-sized hardcover photo books inside their favorite salon.

Suggestions inside INSPIRE Volume 82 – Color are coming from Murfreesboro’s own What’s New: The Salon, located at 412 Uptown Square.

The local salon was featured in America’s most popular line of professional hairstyling books, according to a press release. Stylists and colorists use these books to aid salon clients in visualizing exciting new styles — styles that clients might not otherwise consider.

“We enjoyed seeing the girls transform into beautiful models,” owners Steve and Sandy Haynes said of their photo shoot. “After we completed the indoor shots, we took our photographer downtown and really had some fun with different scenes.”

What’s New: The Salon touts a 35-year reputation for excellence and is a member of the American Board of Certified Haircolorists. What’s New: The Salon was voted “Best Salon” by The Murfreesboro Post in 2011.

Specializing in hair coloring, the salon also offers cuts, hair extensions, specialty hair styling and spa services, among others, along with professional salon products by Wella, Aquage, Paul Mitchell and Simply Smooth.

INSPIRE is published quarterly by Creative Age Publications in Los Angeles, Calif., which, through its various publications, reaches nearly a half-million beauty professionals worldwide in all segments of the beauty industry.

To learn more about What’s New: The Salon, visit whatsnewthesalon.com or call 615-890-5020.


If hitting the pavement isn’t your cup of tea, consider a new get-fit option coming to Murfreesboro this week.

Jen Ashcraft is bringing the BarreAmped method to the ‘Boro on March 5.

“I think that fitness can be fun,” she said. “I think people get so bored with going to the gym or going to a spin class. They’re effective, but there are so many other ways to get in shape and relieve stress rather than just going to a gym.”

She spent months looking for the perfect location – one with mirrors and ballet barre – until “divine intervention” stepped in and connected her with Studio Goddess, a studio centered around pole fitness that recently opened its doors on Thompson Lane.

“It’s the same fitness that I’m offering, just on a different spectrum,” Ashcraft said. “It’s strength training with your body and not weights.”

BarreAmped touts itself as an intensive body shaping experience designed to produce reliable results, no matter the client. The method is influenced by classical and modern dance (though it is not a dance class) and utilizes a barre to achieve optimal positioning. Insights from Pilates, yoga, and orthopedic stretching also balance the method’s unique approach.

The precision-oriented technique focuses mainly on small, isolated movements within deeply held and challenging postures.

“You’re basically using your body to hold a certain posture and form to build strength, exhausting your muscles quickly, and then stretching them right after so that you’re creating long and lean muscles,” Ashcraft continued. “Our motto is ‘Shake to Change.’ Anyone can take a BarreAmped class. The most coordination you will need is for the knee lifts at the very beginning of class.”

Ashcraft apprenticed under BarreAmped creator Suzanne Bowen for a couple of years, finished her certification in December and is now bringing the brand to Murfreesboro “because there is absolutely nothing like it here.”

Visit barreamped.com to learn more about the method, or visit studiogoddess.com for information about the studio.


Combining her love of paper goods and all things homemade, Kelly Manix has launched DipDaDip Design, a new line of recycled and handmade, notebooks, jotters and journals.

“I had been looking for notebooks and journals that kind of fit my own personal aesthetics and couldn’t find them anywhere,” she recalled. “I’m really into street art and graphic design and typography. I couldn’t find something I liked, so started making them myself.”

DipDaDip is derived from Manix’s blog, “Design In Progress,” or DIP with an added sing-songy DaDi.

“It sounds funny, and came together in a moment of brilliance, I guess,” she said with a laugh.

Manix spent the early years of her career in the music industry at an independent record label and then in the coffee industry managing a few different cafes.

After launching her online shop a month ago, Manix has been pleasantly surprised with the response.

“People seem to be really enthusiastic about my notebooks,” she said. “Customers love the personalization and the fact they are made with recycled materials.”

Manix was reluctant to quit her job to launch a small business, but she said she was encouraged by her husband and friends to take the leap.

Manix has plans to expand her line to local Murfreesboro shops and is participating in a craft fair in April. For more information, visit her shop at etsy.com or contact her at dipdadipdesign@gmail.com.
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