April openings: New salon in Hamilton, new restaurant at Kings Island

A new salon and spa opening next month in downtown Hamilton aims to help area residents look and feel beautiful.

BEYOUTIFUL Salon, Barber & Spa, is set to open its new location April 28 at 14 N. Third St., which formerly was First Financial’s mortgage building.

The salon which was founded in Fairfield in 2012, opted to move to Hamilton for a “bigger and better location,” said owner Casey Thompson.

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The new location is an 8,600 square foot space with the first floor dedicate to salon, barber and spa services. The second floor will feature a multi-use beauty & wellness space, Thompson said.

The business will be a full service salon (and) spa for the entire family, offering a full range of hair services, barbering, hot shaves, manicure/pedicure, makeup, microblading, lashes, skin care, massage, spray tanning and possibly more, she said.

BEYOUTIFUL, which has eight employees, is looking to hire two hairstylists, two barbers, a massage therapist, esthetician, lash specialist, two nail techs and a makeup artist.

The grand re-opening of the business is slated for 1 p.m. April 28 with a Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony set for 2 p.m.

The event will include food, beverages, multiple raffles and special door prizes for the first 20 guests.

Coney Bar B Que

Kings Island is getting a new restaurant for the 2018 season, which begins on April 14, with a preview for Gold Season Passholders on April 13.

Coney Bar B Que is a new, fast casual restaurant featuring barbecue favorites including smoked St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork, rotisserie chicken and Queen City Sausage along with a fresh selection of side dishes.

The location is included in the Coney Mall area of the park, next to the Scrambler. The restaurant’s architecture and theme will pay tribute to the early days of Kings Island and Coney Mall.

Covered outdoor seating areas will feature views of Coney Mall and the Grand Carousel.

The man behind the new restaurant and other inside the park is new executive chef James Major, a two-time winner of the Food Network’s “Chopped” reality TV cooking contest and contestant on Alton Brown’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.”

Major is a Culinary Institute of America Certified Pro Chef II, a U.S. Navy veteran and Ohio native. He previously served as executive chef at Great American Ball Park and Funky’s Catering.

“Kings Island has always been a place where family memories are made,” Major said. “It’s an honor for me and my team to have the chance to be creative and provide great food experiences that add to those memories and the fun guests have during their visit.”

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