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Joe Downtown: Salon owners see uptick in business as more workers head downtown

Globe Salon

Joe Schoenmann

Fresh from her training session at Real Results downtown, Staci Linklater, left, and husband, James Reza, owners of Globe Salon, say they will have auditions for new employees April 8.

Updated Monday, April 1, 2013 | 2:36 p.m.

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SoHo Lofts

900 Las Vegas Blvd. S. , Las Vegas

A downtown salon’s desire to hire eight stylists by the end of the year is being fueled by a resurging economy and the influx of workers to the area.

Staci Linklater and James Reza, owners of Globe Salon, 900 Las Vegas Blvd. South, will stage auditions for new stylists from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8, with the goal of hiring on new people to meet the salon's growing demand, they said.

“We’re tired of survival mode,” Linklater said, characterizing how they had to practice business for much of the past four years during the recession. “Now we’re understaffed and want to reach our potential.”

The two have operated the business 13 years, with the last five downtown on the first floor of Soho Lofts, the big white high-rise near Las Vegas and Charleston boulevards.

Reza said the influx of new businesses downtown is drawing employees who previously might have worked on the Strip. Since some of them are now working downtown – he named new restaurant/bar Park on Fremont and Commonwealth, specifically – it’s bringing more business to the salon.

“All the places opening up are adding jobs,” he said. “These are people who, in the past, might have trained in places downtown, then moved to the Strip. Now the reverse is happening: They’re moving from Strip businesses to downtown.”

Joe Schoenmann doesn’t just cover downtown, he lives and works there. Schoenmann is Greenspun Media Group’s embedded downtown journalist, working from an office in the Emergency Arts building.

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