Longtime Arvada salon moves to Westminster

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It took five years, but Heidi Casler’s dream of moving her salon to Westminster has finally come true. Come July, The Yacht Club Salon will be the first business to move into the future Westminster Center, anticipated to be a thriving area of the city.

“It was such a roller coaster ride for the past five years to get into the Westminster area,” she said. “I just love Westminster, and I still can’t believe it’s happening.”

The Yacht Club Salon has been in Arvada for 25 years, with Casler as the owner for the past 11 years.

She said since she found about the plans to redevelop the Westminster Mall area, she knew she had to find a way to make the salon a part of the transformation. She said her clients can enjoy a variety of shops, restaurants, entertainment and other business during their trips to the salon.

“I knew I had to get into the area before it got established,” she said. “Getting in early allowed me to be able to purchase a space in the area. I love rejuvenations and this area will be fresh and exciting. It’s going to be modern and urban and that is definitely where I want to be.

Casler purchased a portion of a building north of Costco on 92nd Avenue a block west of Harlan Street. She is combining three units into one to create a new 3,500-square-foot salon, about 900 feet larger than her location in Arvada. Construction has begun with a completion date in early July.

Demolition of the old Westminster Mall was completed last year. Now around 105 acres of open area space is available for redevelopment. The city is currently working on a design plan for the future Westminster Center with a goal to develop a high-density urban center of regional scope on the 105-acre parcel currently occupied by the Westminster Mall.

According to www.westminstercenter.us, the project will facilitate both a vertical and horizontal mixture of uses, including entertainment, office, residential and cultural. Completion of the first portion of the center is anticipated by 2015.

“We are proud to offer a solid business like The Yacht Club Salon an environment that will be conducive to its continued growth,” said Westminster Mayor Nancy McNally.

“We hope other businesses will share the vision that the Westminster Center is destined to become an economic cornerstone, both for Westminster and the entire region.”

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