Veteran salon owner hungry for new territory in the Fan

A new salon is preparing to open this summer at 812 N. Robinson St. (Photos by Mike Platania)

A few years after selling her first salon, a local hairdresser is staking out her second spot.

Kate Montgomery, formerly a co-owner of Parlor Salon, which opened downtown at 115 W. Broad St. in Monroe Ward in 2014, is preparing to open Hungry Heart at 812 N. Robinson St. in the Fan.

Kate Montgomery (Submitted)

Montgomery is a VCU grad who has been a hairdresser in the area for nearly a decade, specializing in curl and textured hair. She said she sold her stake in Parlor in 2016 and has worked at salons around town since.

“(After college) I’d moved away from Richmond to start a career in Seattle and moved back,” Montgomery said. “This will be the sixth salon I’ll be at since I’ve been back in town, just trying to find the right thing.”

Lately she’s been at Belle & Beau Co., owned by Tiffany Browning and Keith Goldsmith, who also own retro shop Pop City across from Parlor in the Arts District.

For Hungry Heart, Montgomery is leasing about 850 square feet on Robinson Street. Brokers Brett McNamee and Laikyn Severson of Divaris Real Estate handled the deal.

Hungry Heart’s logo. (Submitted)

Montgomery said she’s seeking permits to build out the space, which has been vacant, with plans to open in the late summer.

The salon will have three chairs, one of which will be Montgomery’s. She said in lieu of having staff stylists, she’ll rent out the other two chairs to local stylists who keep their own book of business.

“Salons used to make you feel that your clientele is theirs, and that’s not the case anymore,” Montgomery said. “I’m trying to create an atmosphere that’s collaborative, but your money is yours.”

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