Tan your hide, smile your face
Citizen Telegram Editor
SILT — Ros Hatch has always made people feel good. Whether it’s through her work at a beauty salon or her infectious smile and laugh, people just like to be around her.
For a little more than a year now, Hatch has owned and operated the Tan Your Hide salon on Main Street in Silt and just recently expanded and moved her business.
“Can you believe this?” Hatch said with a huge smile. “This has become more successful than I had ever dreamt! It’s amazing. The cup is never half full, it’s full all the time!”
The salon started out in what used to be a salon called “Tan Envy” on Main Street. The owner, Jackie Murr, asked Hatch if she knew anyone that would be interested in buying it.
Hatch talked it over with her husband, Dave, and her daughter, Savannah, who both suggested that she buy it.
“Six hours later, I called and asked Jackie if it was still for sale,” Hatch said with a laugh. “She said it was.”
So Hatch opened up her new business, called “Tan Your Hide” with three tanning beds and offering services that included hair styling and teeth whitening.
But the business began to grow and at one point she was thinking of selling it because of all the work that was involved.
But Dave convinced her otherwise.
“So I said OK, but if I’m going to continue, I’ve got to get a bigger place,” Hatch said.
So she moved 24 feet to the west at 704 Main Street.
Tan You Hide now boasts five tanning beds that include a leg-tanner, a stand-up bed, a bronzer and a red light therapy bed. It offers hair styling, teeth whitening, lotions and potions, skin care products, self-defense products, eyelash extending mascara, aromatherapy, locally made jewelry, crafts, candles and more.
The shop not only acts as a place to get pampered, but also as a gathering place.
“People come in and they don’t even tan or buy anything, they just come in to chat,” Hatch said. “Or they’ll drop something off or meet someone here.”
With the holidays just around the corner, the tanning season tends to pick up and peaks between December and March when people tend to take warm weather vacations.
And the people coming to Tan Your Hide aren’t just from Silt.
“I get people from Rifle, Glenwood Springs and Parachute,” Hatch said. “Word is getting around that I have really good beds. They’re clean and the bulbs are new. They’re well cared for — they way I would want it if I were a customer.”
As far as whether tanning is detrimental to your health, Hatch said she believes it boosts the melanin in the skin, which protects the skin.
“Overexposure is not good for you,” she said earnestly. “It’s like anything else — all done in moderation.”
Tanning packages run from $22 for a week of tanning to $50 for a month of unlimited tanning.
Tan Your Hide is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday. To make an appointment, call 876-0808.
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