The building housing Genesis Beauty Salon & Barber Shop.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After seven years and two ventures, a west Louisville business is closing up shop.
While the industrial area at 17th and Maple streets may have worked as a trucking facility in the past, it has taken a toll on the beauty salon and barber shop it currently houses.
"It was named Genesis for a new beginning and it sure was for a lot of people," said Larry Roberts, manager of Genesis Beauty Salon and Barber Shop.
Since it opened in 2010 Roberts has managed the facility's barber shop. Now he found himself weighing his options after learning he would soon be without a job.
"It wasn't used a lot," said Roberts of the two level facility.
"We thought if you build it, they'll come," said Charlie Johnson, the owner of Genesis.
After converting his trucking business into the more than 10,000 square foot salon at the request of his late wife, Johnson said staff and clients progressively dwindled. Factor in a less than prime location, and Johnson said finances only got worse.
"Porter Bank owns the building. I didn't get it refinanced," said Johnson. "I didn't pay rent. So, basically they told me to shut it down."
"I have to think positive," said Gloria Babbage while working at the Genesis Beauty Supply located next door to the salon.
Babbage owns and operates the beauty supply, a business she bought from Johnson last November. While her store is spared, her sales could take a hit.
"You could always count on them next door," said Babbage. "So it was a good thing to have them next door."
That partnership, however, is now coming to an end as the staff prepares to move on and leave Genesis Beauty Salon and Barber Shop behind.
"Once it's over, it's over," said Johnson. "We tried."
"I want to wish everybody luck," said Roberts.
Porter Bancorp did not wish to comment on the matter. According to Johnson, the facility will close to the public Wednesday, March 12. At that time, Johnson said he plans to begin selling salon equipment.
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