A spot of sunshine for an architectural gem

KEESEVILLE Some TLC has restored one of Keesevilles architectural treasures.

Donna Perkins, proprietor of Donnas Hair Styles and Tanning, recently re-opened her business in a new location at 92 Kent Street. The building was constructed in 1861, and served as home for the Dietade Mineral Spring Bottle Company.

Perkins became interested in the property after the former owner placed a for sale sign in the window. She called it love at first sight, pointing out the unique roof, large windows, and historic nature.

Its one of the most under appreciated buildings in Keeseville, said Perkins.

Work on renovating the building started on April 10, and went quickly since Perkins could rely on family to do the work. Her husband, Toby, stepson Heath, son Tim Tyler and friend Russell Nelson supplied the labor. Two dump trucks full of debris were hauled away, and the entire building was gutted.

The exterior was painted a cheerful yellow, with accents of white and New England green. Perkins said it took three tries to get the right shade of green for the project.

Due to the historic nature of the building, Perkins had to locate her barbers pole on the interior. Inside is a sleek, modern facility, although signs of the buildings origins are all around from glass Dietade bottles in the window, to the original beams of the ceiling.

Perkins salon was located for eight years on Front Street, one of the main thoroughfares of the village. She has 22 years experience as a hairdresser. Along with hair styling, Perkins offers tanning and waxing at the location. A grand opening was held June 1, and Perkins said the customer approval was overwhelming.

The mineral spring that supplied the Dietade company is still located in the basement. Someday, Perkins added, she might like to add real mineral baths to her services.

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