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ENTERPRISE ENCORE a salon and possessed the skill set to do it. She was armed with an associate’s degree in business from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and a family lineage of entrepreneurs — her parents, Larry Hill and Andrea Khairallah, owned businesses before retiring, and most of her siblings have followed suit. Hill designed the look, brand, name and feel of her salon — she wanted a warm, uplifting environment for employees and clients — long before the building on Centre Avenue

became available. When it hit the market, Hill was prepared. “It was the right spot and the right timing and the right price,” Hill says. “It was a lot of upfront investment, but I’m very glad I did it.”

Entrepreneurial parents Was Hill scared to purchase a property, tear down the building and construct a new business from scratch? Sure, she admits, saying leasing a spot was a consideration.

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Top: Customers recline in stations inside of Pure Lash & Beauty. Bottom: Kami Hill meticulously applies extensions to a customer.

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