Ground Floor: Former Dostal House in Cedar Rapids home to new salon

Blow dry bar service affordable, convenient

Published: April 10 2014 | 11:01 am in

A former New Bohemia residence that was flooded in 2008 has become home to one of the neighborhood’s newest businesses.

Morgan Holtz opened The Redhead Salon on March 17 in the Dostal House, a 1910-era home that was saved from demolition.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be here,” Holtz said.

Holtz has been styling hair for over a decade, but had never owned her own salon. Last summer, a client told her about the Dostal House, which he had acquired in 2012.

He was looking for a business for the space and Holtz asked if he would consider a salon. He said yes.

“It was go time,” Holtz said. “I decided I had been in the industry long enough and knew what I wanted in terms of an atmosphere for myself and my clients.”

The Dostal House required extensive renovations, which Holtz started in August.

“The house had not been touched since the flood and was completely gutted,” Holtz said. “We had to turn a former residence into a salon while staying within historical guidelines.”

Holtz credits the crew at Construction Concepts for making the Dostal House transformation possible.

“It’s a comfortable environment that people can relax in and be themselves,” Holtz said of the finished space.

In addition to the usual haircuts and color, The Redhead Salon offers a service that is new to Cedar Rapids – a blow dry bar.

“With blow dry bar service, you receive a shampoo, head massage, and style,” Holtz explained. “It’s an affordable and convenient luxury service for a special night out or just an everyday occasion.”

The salon also offers spray tanning and makeup application.

Holtz, who is a redhead herself and the mother of three redheads, said the salon’s name came easy to her. With The Blonde and The Brunette women’s clothing boutique next door, she saw a gap to be filled.

“The redheads are represented now,” she said.

In the coming months, Holtz plans to join with her neighbors at The Blonde and the Brunette to host some special girls’ night out events.

“We have our own little corner for women right here in the neighborhood.”

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At a glance

  • Owner: Morgan Holtz
  • Business: The Redhead Hair Salon
  • Address: 1000 Third Street SE, Cedar Rapids
  • Phone: (319) 431-6637
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