Amidst the flood: a helping hand

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As waters rose in Huntsville at the end of April, there were many examples of friends and neighbors stepping up to help people affected by the flooding. That goodwill extended to the business community as well.

When Tanya Blain, owner of Crimson Dawn Hair Salon, was forced to temporarily leave her location above Boston Pizza—access and power to the building was cut off due to the high water—she began looking for a solution so that she could still provide services to her clients. She found it through Jaime Mason at Gemini Hair Studio and Day Spa on Main Street.

Mason said that Blain’s message came shortly after she had been considering advertising space in her salon for another stylist, after working on her own for the past seven years. She had decided to hold off for a while, and then Blain’s message arrived. “It was meant to happen this way,” said Mason

“I was in a spot of desperation,” said Blain. “I didn’t know what I was going to do. I called Jaime because we went to hairdressing school together years ago.”

Mason understood the challenge facing Blain.

“There’s so much involved, it’s not easy to just pick it up and take it to your house,” Mason said. “I just said, we’ll make room and adjust. I put some things in the closet and in the cupboards, and said if you need more space we’ll figure it out.”

Blain was grateful for he gesture. “It’s unbelievable that someone is willing to move her whole life around so she can make room for me. It kind of blew my mind.”

Mason told Blain she could stay as long as she needed to. “It was an easy yes.”

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