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Thurmont welcomes Salon Soleil

Danielle Ryan

(4/27) If you’re looking for a great local tanning salon, look no further than Salon Soleil, located at 1B East Main Street, Thurmont. Cindy Waynant, owner of Salon Soleil officially opened her door for business on March 6.

Some may be saying, "Wait, I thought there was already a tanning salon at that location?" Indeed there was, but now, the new tanning salon is owned and operated by Thurmont resident Cindy Waynant. Waynant has given her salon a new look, with brand new paint and a complete décor overhaul. Now, the salon has a high-end feel, while still maintaining a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Clients will find it easy to relax in this new space.

Current owner of Thurmont Barber and Styling had previously owned and operated the tanning salon in addition to the Barber shop, but reached out to Waynant and offered to sell the tanning salon to her. Waynant spoke to her husband Gene, who backed her up wholeheartedly knowing that his wife had been wanting to open her own tanning salon for years. Almost a week later, Salon Soleil was open for business!

Waynant has lived in Thurmont for twelve years with her husband Gene and two daughters, Danielle and Dalaney, so she is no stranger to the Thurmont community. Her youngest daughter Dalaney is attending school at Shepherd University, studying to become a nurse, and her oldest daughter Danielle currently works as a Dental Assistant. Her husband Gene is now retired after working for Frederick County for many years, but Thurmont locals may recognize him not only because he was born and raised in Thurmont, but he was the owner of Town and Country Liquors for 24 years before selling the business in 2004.

After both she and her husband retired, Waynant really began dreaming of opening up her own tanning salon, so when she received the offer to purchase the salon next to The Barber shop, she knew it was the right time and it was a great opportunity that she just couldn’t pass up. As a working mother, Waynant understands the importance for a mother to have some time set aside for herself. Tanning was Waynant’s way to escape and relax, and she hopes that by maintaining the wide range of salon hours, she can provide time for other men and women, to enjoy a little bit of alone time for themselves. "I really want to service the Thurmont community as well as the surrounding areas," said Waynant. This is a service that isn’t offered, solely, anywhere in the surrounding areas.

Already, within the past month, Waynant has had at least twenty brand new clients, and noted that she has also welcomed several clients from the previous salon. She hopes to keep the Salon clientele continuously growing, so maybe in the future she can expand the business a little more by adding a stand up tanning bed in addition to the existent three tanning beds.

One of the major benefits to this salon, apart from it being the only exclusively tanning, tanning salon between Emmitsburg and Frederick, is the wide range of hours offered. Hours of operation for Salon Soleil are seven days a week: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.. Waynant really hopes to cater to the after work crowd, by offering evening and weekend hours, allowing those who work nine to five jobs the opportunity to still squeeze in some time during the evenings after work, or on the weekends. Salon Soleil also offers several different tanning packages. For those who are new to tanning and want to try it out, single sessions are available. Clients ca also book five or ten several sessions at a time, and can even book a one month unlimited package.

If you’re new to tanning, or are already an avid tanner, take some time to stop by Salon Soleil! Walk-ins are always welcome, but interested clients can certainly call 301-271-4100 to schedule an appointment.

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