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Owner Stuart Anthony of the newly opened Magnolia Salon and Spa, at the historic Bearden-Cline House in Waleska.

The owners of The Magnolia Salon and Spa in Waleska are opening a second location.

Tuesday, the Afterglow Day Spa in Canton will open under new ownership as The Magnolia Salon and Spa - Canton.

The spa will continue to serve the clients of Afterglow, and some of the staff are staying on as Magnolia employees. They will also accept gift cards purchased under the previous ownership through the end of the year.

Magnolia co-owner Stuart Anthony said that he is working to create a smooth transition for the staff and clients, which should be complete this summer.

"Our intention is to do some renovation inside and bring the current environment in Canton up to be on par with the quality, aesthetic and experience wise to the level that we perform in Waleska. Not only will that create benefit to the employees, but the clients as well," he said. "Customers should notice that there are changes toward appearance, toward the environment within the space, the message that we have as a business, as an Aveda salon and spa, the overall experience they have is going to be a very high level of excellence."

Initially, services will be limited to spa, but haircuts, color and styling will be offered within six months, according to the company's website.

"We’re excited to have this unique opportunity to expand our brand and our mission, which is to provide to the community an excellent level of service in a healing and renewing experience," Anthony said.

The space, located in Riverstone Plaza at 1431 Riverstone Parkway No. 100 in Canton, has been open as a spa for 23 years, under a previous owner as Afterglow Spa and before that, Serenity.

Afterglow Day Spa owner Karen Barrie said the acquisition is "bittersweet," but she was ready to move on from the business.

"I was ready, not to retire, but to spend more time with my family, more time for me and travel," she said. "I've absolutely loved my staff and some of the clients I've met along the way. They've made a difference in my life."

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Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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