Kim Cloud Skidmore has been talking about building Cloud 9 Salon, Spa & Boutique’s fancy new location in Bartonville for so long that even she wouldn’t blame you if you began wondering if the day would ever come. After all, she bought the land five years ago after coming up with the idea while on a date with her husband. She immediately told everyone to get ready, and there was no reason not to believe her — especially since the word “can’t” isn’t in her vocabulary. But by the end of last year, they hadn’t broken ground yet. “Some of our girls at the salon even said, ‘You’re gonna what?’” Kim said with a laugh. “Everyone has been patient and loyal — they knew it was coming and had a lot of faith that [my son] Nathan Dean and I would get this done.” So, when’s the big day? While opening day isn’t tomorrow, November 28 will be here before you know it.
That’s good news for Cloud 9 clients, who for 32 years have turned to Kim’s team for everything from color and innovative cuts to special occasion styles, nails, waxing, all facial services, last extensions, brow blading, and massages. The new two-story, 16,000- square-foot location is on FM 407 near Bartonville Town Center and a stone’s throw from Marty B’s. Cloud 9 will occupy the entire upstairs of the facility for its salon, nails, and boutique. An additional seven spa rooms will be downstairs for extended spa services such as injections, laser services, and education areas to train the next generation of industry professionals.
The move makes sense for a variety of reasons. Before moving to a smaller pop-up location in Lantana, the previous salon in Flower Mound at 1651 Justin Road was also small. It sat back a bit from the road and has slowly become hidden by other businesses. In contrast, the new location is frontage property, granting instant visibility in an area expected to see a dramatic influx of residential and commercial properties over the next few years.
And if it hasn’t been made clear enough, the new space is significantly larger. This allows Kim and Nathan to expand their roster of professionals from 40 to 60 and still have enough room for everyone to spread out and care for all their clients’ needs. The facility has a modern look with better lighting, a patio area for employees, bigger office space, a cleaner design, and soundproofing for a quieter feel. “The girls will move on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving,” Kim said. “They’ll have the weekend to get settled in; we’ll have a quiet opening on Monday and be ready on the 28th. Nathan is ready to take the reins and has been doing all the hiring. He has done an
amazing job. I keep telling him, ‘This will be your team.’ He’s made sure to bring on strong girls and additional services.” She added, “We can’t thank our builders, PGP Construction, enough. They did a tremendous job.
From lighting to the layout of stations, private rooms, positioning, and size, we considered it all. Surely, this is our last move, so we tried to think of everything.” After 32 years, it feels like Cloud 9 is the new thing in town again. And it’s well deserved. The first location was on Edmonds Lane in 1991 She eventually moved the salon to Highland Village, then Flower Mound, before transitioning to the current smaller space a little more than two years ago, and they still see an average of 200 clients per day. Though Kim admits the day will come when she needs to ride off into the sunset, she still loves being behind the chair full-time and supporting the community as much as possible. Her Cloud 9 Charities and Bedtime Rescue initiatives have raised well over $3 million. This new facility is simply another chapter in a dream career.
“It’s crazy, fun, scary, and everything else you can think of,” Kim said. “And just when I think I’m scared, something cool happens. I guess I probably wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s been a heck of a journey. I could write a book, but I won’t.”