At the regular Flour Bluff Business Association meeting held Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at Funtrackers in Flour Bluff, President Jennifer Welp awarded Mary Ann Escamilla, owner of the Coastal Hair Salon, the Keep It in the Bluff Spotlight Award. Escamilla had her grand opening August 1, 2016, at her shop located at 820 Waldron Road, in the building at the Y. To celebrate the first anniversary of the shop, she held drawings for hair products and gift certificates of $10, $15, $30, and $50.
“Business has been great!” said Escamilla. “My husband has been amazing helping me get everything together. I have two girls who work there with me to serve an established clientele. For that we are really blessed.”
“We are a family-friendly salon,” said Escamilla, “that offers a variety of services.” Men, women, and children can get haircuts. Other services include color (including color correction), highlights, lowlights, roller sets, up-dos, waxing, and perms. They will open early or stay late by appointment.
Escamilla, a Flour Bluff graduate, reaches out to the community in many ways. For example, she makes house calls for hospitalized or homebound patients. She also makes hair donations to the CWHL (Children with Hair Loss), a non-profit organization that provides human hair replacements to children and young adults with medically-related hair loss. She also gave free back-to-school haircuts to Harvey victims and free hair washes to first responders and elderly people who did not have warm water at home after the storm.
Escamilla, who has over twenty years of experience as a hair stylist, is not the only experienced stylist at the salon. “Holly Havens is a Flour Bluff graduate, as well, and has worked in the Bluff as a hair stylist for many years. Sandy Baraja has worked in Flour Bluff for many years and owned a salon in Turtle Cove from 1998 to 2006. She is also a part-time instructor at a beauty school. We employ a barber who works part time by appointment. She does flat tops and all men’s fades,” said Escamilla. “Our combined experience is over 100 years.”
Escamilla encourages everyone to try her shop. Appointments can be made by calling 361-353-4854 or contacting her through the shop’s Facebook page (MaryAnn’s Coastal Hair Salon) where samples of her work can be viewed.
Mary Ann Escamilla and staff say, “We want to spread and share the love.”
Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer new, in-depth, and insightful responses to the events of the day. She also writes and edits for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper.