WEST CHESTER TWP. —

A salon that spent 14 years in one location is now in a new home with a nearly 180-year-old history.

Karen and Mark Welch moved SoZo Hair by Bajon Salon & Spa from 6072 West Chester Road to 9069 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, a building that dates back to 1835 and started off as a tavern , and went through various incarnations as a general store, restaurant and real estate office, according to the Ohio Historic Preservation Office.

The couple said they were looking to boost business, so they purchased the building in September and renovated the space. Moving from a 3,200-square-foot salon to one with 5,000 square feet of space means being able to offer more services in a “pretty, cozy and comfortable” location that includes two hair rooms, a mani-pedi room, treatment room and a color bar.

It also gives the business ample room to grow its services, which already include a wide array of hair, nail, massage and skin care options, Karen Welch said.

“We added spray tanning,” Welch said. “We’re always adding services that are new like smoothing treatments and certain types of nail polish that last longer. We’re considering putting some quiet exercise like Pilates or something like that in the one big room upstairs.”

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