TIMES STAFF REPORT
Roses are red, violets are blue, and Poppy Salon has a passionate crew! Owners Jackie Hyndman, Nikki Kruger and Alex Hyndman know what it takes to be the Best of Central Minnesota — their Waite Park salon has won the Best Hair Salon award three years in a row, including the 2017 award. They answered the Times’ questions about sass and style for this year’s magazine.
Why was it important to you to open Poppy Salon in Central Minnesota?
The three of us are Stearns County born and raised; we grew up in Sartell within two blocks of each other and are so lucky to have a hugely supportive circle of family and friends that have helped us get this business off the ground and continue to be our cheerleaders. We all come from different salon backgrounds and wanted to take pieces of our experiences and mold them into something new and exciting. Our main focus is customer service and providing the highest quality and on-trend services to the Central Minnesota community.
What’s your No. 1 style rule?
Let your outside match your inside; when you look good you feel good.
Who is your style icon?
Without a doubt, Nikki would say Beyoncé! We are big admirers of style icons inside and outside the salon culture who live and breathe body positive messages, and we make it our goal to reinforce those messages in the salon with our employees and guests.
What do you want Times readers to know about your business that they might not already know?
We’re were so proud to have been voted as Best Of Central Minnesota for 2015 and 2016 and awarded Top 20 Salon Of Distinction in the nationwide salon competition by Salon Today magazine after our very first year in business. The accolades are a great reminder as to why we do what we do everyday but when it boils down to it, we’re a small-town, tight-knit family at Poppy with one goal: to live our passions and to help our employees and guests live theirs. Side note: Us Poppies love pickles and decided we needed our very own garden, so we planted one in the front of the salon!