Hilltown Hair Salon in Shelburne Falls ‘feels like home’ for county native

  • Crystal Spurling-Wetterwald has opened Hilltown Hair Salon at 102 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Crystal Spurling-Wetterwald has opened Hilltown Hair Salon at 102 Bridge St. in Shelburne Falls. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

Staff Writer
Published: 12/14/2021 3:52:08 PM
Modified: 12/14/2021 3:51:33 PM

SHELBURNE FALLS — Opening a hair salon in Shelburne Falls has always been Crystal Spurling-Wetterwald’s dream. With the recent opening of Hilltown Hair Salon, that dream is now a reality.

Spurling-Wetterwald took over the space occupied by Hair by Hana, the longtime salon at 102 Bridge St., and opened the doors for business just before Thanksgiving.

“I painted it, I put up the curtains and the décor. I just made it more me,” she said, looking around the recently renovated salon space. “It’s homey. It feels like home.”

An Ashfield and Buckland native, Spurling-Wetterwald said Shelburne Falls always felt like “the place to go” when she was growing up. She has been a hairdresser for eight years and had spent the last five working at the Sugarloaf Hair Studio in South Deerfield before the opportunity to take over in Shelburne Falls fell into her hands.

“Shelburne Falls feels like home, so that’s where I want to spend most of my time,” Spurling-Wetterwald said. “The previous owner is friends with my stepmother, so it all kind of just happened. … It just seemed perfect, meant to be.”

She said it is a great privilege to take over the space formerly occupied by Hair by Hana. She added that quite a few clients followed her from South Deerfield, too.

“She was very known in this town and loved,” Spurling-Wetterwald said. “I’m super honored to be continuing the clients she had.”

Despite her experience in the industry, Spurling-Wetterwald said she had some butterflies before welcoming her very first client. She quickly settled in, though.

“Right when I started doing hair, I felt better. Hair is almost like the safety net,” Spurling-Wetterwald said. “The only challenging thing so far is … the business side. I’ve never run a business, but the actual doing hair is great.”

Spurling-Wetterwald emphasized the Greenfield-based Franklin County Community Development Corporation’s role in helping with “business planning and getting this going.” She added she “couldn’t have really done it without them.”

The salon is currently a one-woman show, but she is hoping to rent out one of her salon booths to someone in the future. Spurling-Wetterwald also has aspirations to become a full-service salon offering manicures and pedicures once she gets settled in over the next six months or so.

Hilltown Hair Salon is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but these hours may change. Spurling-Wetterwald said she is looking into opening on Tuesdays and having later hours on Thursdays.

To book an appointment, Spurling-Wetterwald can be reached at 413-625-6623. She said she is booked until the first week of January, but more appointment slots may be added if she opens on Tuesdays.

She said the community has been “very supportive of her work” and she hopes people find Hilltown Hair Salon to be a “happy, welcoming place with good hair cuts.”

“I really want people to feel welcome and happy and confident,” Spurling-Wetterwald said. “That’s my main goal.”

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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