BY NANCY GAGNET | MIRROR REPORTER — Last November, Chad and Annie Helbert became the new owners of Salon 308, a full-service salon situated in the heart of historic uptown Maumee. “It’s going really, really well. We absolutely love being in Maumee. It’s a beautiful downtown,” said Annie. Since purchasing the business from longtime hair stylist Ellen Armitage, who retired, the couple added a spa room and brought in several new stylists. “And we’re still looking to grow,” said Annie. In addition to Annie, other stylists on staff include Pam Ankenbrandt, Brittany Stevens, Abbey Ulinski, Pat Babcock and Judy Davis and esthetician Rhonda Clymer. The salon offers a full line of hair services for men, women and children. Traditional cuts, color, hair extensions and Brazilian blowouts are offered as well as a full line of color services such as highlights, ombres and balayage, a color technique currently trending in which the stylist applies the color freehand. “With balayage, the color is painted in. You don’t use foil. The color can look a little more natural and pieced together,” she said. The salon also offers manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing and makeup services. “We want people to know, especially younger people, that we are offering new things,” Annie said. “We have been very blessed to find so many great stylists. They are full of energy and constantly craving knowledge of the industry and learning new trends.” Free consultations are available along with updo and makeup services for weddings or other special occasions. In addition, the salon offers Sweet and Sassy parties for children ages 3 to 12, to get their nails and hair done. Laser services are also available for those experiencing hair thinning or hair loss. Robin Creager of Napoleon has known Annie since childhood and says she loves traveling to the Maumee salon. “Annie is phenomenal – she does a great job,” Robin said. With issues including frizzy and thinning hair, especially after the birth of her third child, Robin turned to Annie for help. “Thinning hair can be really embarrassing and noticeable and the special products she offered to help me deal with the frizz and hair loss really worked,” she said. The salon features products from Aquage and Paul Mitchell and a collection of jewelry, scarves, purses and Green Bubble Gorgeous organic bath and lotion products. Annie loves being in Maumee and especially loves the work she does. “I have the best career. We get to help people relax and make them feel beautiful,” Annie said. “Whether it’s changing a hair color or changing their complete hairstyle, when our clients leave here with a smile on their face it just makes my day.” Salon 308 will host an open house on Sunday, November 13 from noon to 4:00 p.m. The event, which coincides with the Uptown Maumee Holiday Open House, will feature specials and giveaways. Salon 308 is located at 308 Conant St. To schedule an appointment, please call (419) 893-8628. Clients may book an appointment online by going to www.Vagaro.com/salon308. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. All past and present military members receive a free haircut through November.