Deborah Morgan feels like the entire downtown has rolled out a welcome mat for her and her business partner, Jo Place.
As co-owners of Morgan Place, a business that has recently located from a place on Hwy. 321 to an historic old home in downtown Maryville (206 High Street), Morgan and Place say they have been overwhelmed with Maryville’s kindness.
“We are so happy to be here,” said Morgan. “This beautiful home that was built in 1931, owned by the Judge Kelly Thomas family, is a dream for us. We really jumped on the opportunity to be downtown. Now we feel we are in this historic, most desirable spot in Maryville. It has proven to be even more rewarding that we even imagined.”
Morgan said the “Welcome” mat was rolled out long before the doors opened.
“The city and the Chamber of Commerce have been unbelievably accommodating. I have never worked with so many people who simply wanted to help make things run smoothly, people who welcomed us with open arms.”
At an open house to celebrate their new home, more than 200 turned out, said Morgan. The Patrick Jazz Band entertained outside, while staff and owners inside gave tours and drew for give-aways to thank their guests.
The owners say they now encourage others to join the downtown Maryville family, said Morgan.
“We encourage any of our friends and acquaintances who are looking for a location to look at historic downtown Maryville. And it hasn’t just been the codes and city people who have been welcoming. The people who work downtown -- all the professional folks who are city and county officials and employees and lawyers have come by to welcome us and sent baskets and just been unbelievable with their welcome.”
For their part, Morgan Place adds their own professional staff and full service salon and day spa to the downtown scene. They offer day spa and salon services, facials, manicures, pedicures, total face and body waxing, all massage services and the salon services of four master stylists.
Master stylists include co-owner Jo Place; Morgan, who has more than 25 years experience and was an advanced styling educator as well as a master stylist and is a member of the National Hair Fashion Committee of the National Cosmetology Association; Jenae Ingle, who has six years experience as a master stylist; Greg Spindel from California, who has more than 22 years of experience as a master stylist and “an unbelievable portfolio,” said Morgan.
The shop at 206 High Street is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until evening. Most appointments in the evening are by reservation. Walk-ins are welcome during regular hours.