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HDC Grant Helps Fund Mod Salon Expansion in Downtown Hilliard

Mod Salon owners standing in front of their salon

A dream of operating a full-service boutique salon in the heart of Downtown Hilliard is becoming reality for two local business owners.

Mod Salon is expected to be open for this business this fall at its new location at 5231 Norwich St. The nail service salon will be expanding its services to offer skin care, waxing, facials, massages, and possibly hair services.

Kayla and Tim Pham opened Mod Salon on Main Street in 2008 after discovering the area during Kayla’s daily commute to cosmetology school.

“We always loved Old Hilliard,” Kayla said. “I’ve had my eye on Norwich Street since we started this business, and I love that Downtown is becoming this destination. I feel it’s the perfect spot to continue to grow and offer services.”

Plans include remodeling the existing property, building a 1,200-square-foot addition, enhancing the main entrance, adding a patio with outdoor seating, replacing windows, and updating utilities.

The Hilliard Development Corporation (HDC) awarded the project a $50,000 grant through the Old Hilliard Façade Improvement Program. Kayla said the grant will help with covering the rising costs of labor and materials.

It’s important to keep the integrity of the property while adding a beautiful space as a destination for current clients and new visitors, Kayla noted.

“We want to add a unique space for clients to escape the everyday grind with a mid-century modern vibe, but our signature comfortable, friendly environment,” Kayla said.  “This is our home, and we love giving back services that generations of clients can come and enjoy.”

Promoting joint public-private action and investment complements and enhances Old Hilliard, said Angela Zody, the City of Hilliard’s Downtown Manager.

“Mod Salon has served the Hilliard community so well over the last 14 years, we are so thrilled to have them expand their business model and stay in the heart of Hilliard,” Zody said. “They care deeply about their customers, which creates a strong sense of community among those who follow and support their business.”

HDC is the Community Improvement Corporation (CIC) of the City of Hilliard. As the designated economic development agency of the City of Hilliard, it has the authority to apply for and administer grants, buy and sell real property, and create programs for small business. 

The Old Hilliard Façade Improvement Program is designed to stimulate private investment in high-quality building improvements that create and enhance community image and character in Old Hilliard. The program shares the costs of improving commercial building exteriors and publicly used amenities.

Learn more about grant opportunities here.

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