By Debbie Shelton
SVP, West Wabash Avenue Branch
Don’t ask Dean Carver when he plans to retire. He doesn’t. “I do not want to retire. I don’t ever want to retire,” he says emphatically.
And he probably feels retired only working two jobs. Once upon a time, he was managing three.
During many of the almost 20 years he worked in radio and TV, Dean Carver Salon & Spa and Imagination Plus (or their predecessors) were more of an investment. But at one point, Carver took a year’s sabbatical to go to cosmetology school and started working in the salon part-time. Add in the home accessories store that came before Imagination Plus. While Carver had a partner, the partner left, and Carver began running the business on his own. So that brought him to three jobs. Today, Carver solely focuses on Dean Carver Salon & Spa and Imagination Plus.
Dean Carver Salon & Spa started at 8th and Capitol in downtown Springfield near Lincoln’s home. After several moves and acquiring another salon, Carver moved his business to Springfield’s first indoor mall, Fairhills Mall, in 1975.
From the beginning, Carver catered to people who were looking for classic elegance. “True classic style is elegant, efficient and simple . . . transcending time,” he writes on his website. “A great hairstyle must have a great haircut, one that allows the hair to be easily maintained even at home.”
Carver and his team of stylists also have advanced education in all forms of hair coloring and color correction. “Each member of our team shares a creative passion to see that your finished color and look are nothing short of magnificent,” he says.
To help anyone achieve the Dean Carver classic look, the studio is offering INB checking account customers who have activated their BaZing benefits 10% off regularly priced highlights or color and 10% off regularly priced retail products.* Just show your coupon on your BaZing mobile app when you come in for your appointment.
While at the Salon & Spa, visit the adjoining Imagination Plus which offers products that flow from the Salon & Spa experience. There, Carver is offering a 25% discount on regularly priced handbags, jewelry and apparel with the BaZing app.
With both businesses getting his full attention, it’s no wonder Carver has no desire to retire.
*Merchant offers subject to change without notice.