Local families and residents who might not otherwise have access to beauty salons were treated to a day of high-end services on April 13 thanks to a partnership between a Savage business, county agency and ministry organization.

The Scott, Carver & Dakota County Community Action Partnership, or CAP Agency, invited about 30 clients to One Fine Day Salon to receive shampoos, haircuts, styles and beard trims in collaboration with Beauty Blessings Ministry, a Christian organization that provides free services. 

CAP Agency provides a wide array of housing, food and other services to families and individuals who are experiencing a crisis or living on little to no income. 

Lakeville resident Katie Englund said she’s been a CAP client for around 10 years, and the group's support helps her overcome the obstacles of degenerative neck disease.

“Gorgeous,” she said about Saturday's event. “Wonderful, it’s just wonderful.”

Kimberly Bastyr, along with her husband and son, also got a fresh new look she called really nice. 

Bastyr’s son spends around 40 hours a week at the Minnesota Autism Center, and she said finding time to in between to get haircuts is challenging and expensive.

Her husband is also autistic, and Bastyr said it’s “really, really helpful” to have the CAP Agency’s support close to home.

One Fine Day Salon opened in Savage in May, and owner Christina Selma said one of the salon's employees learned about Beauty Blessings Ministry on Facebook while another was familiar the CAP, so the partnership formed. 

She said all the salon's stylists jumped at the opportunity to do something for the community. 

“I know personally, for myself, there’s no better thing than getting your hair done to make you feel relaxed and happy," Selma said.

Stylist Jodi Menning said it was the first time any of the salon's stylists had done an event in partnership with Beauty Blessings, but they plan to host similar events in the future. 

“We want them to be pampered and feel relaxed and walk out with a smile on their face — and get a great haircut," Selma said. 

Christine Schuster is a reporter for the Savage Pacer.

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