The Magic Act, one of downtown Marion’s oldest businesses, is magically transforming itself into a new full-service salon called Studio K.

Since 1966, the Magic Act, located at 35 W. Court St., has been one of the most successful businesses in Marion’s history. Opened by partners Laura Beam and Wanda Hyder, the hair salon has survived the many changes in Marion’s downtown, including the recent revitalization and influx of new restaurants, pubs and retail stores in the central business district.

In March of this year, Beam and Hyder were honored by the Marion City Council as the Citizens of the Month. They were selected for this honor by Councilwoman Ann Harkey.

For 52 years, they have built up a devoted clientele and the Magic Act received the Small Business of the Year Award in 2004 as well as being chosen in 2002 as a model for the McDowell High School Career Training Program.

Beam and Hyder recently sold their business and the building at 35 W. Court to Katelyn Brooke “Katie” Edwards. The business has a new name, Studio K, and the new owner promises “a modern twist with expanded services for the salon.” But long-time customers of the Magic Act should not worry because Beam and Hyder will keep their booths at Studio K as the business grows and expands in its concepts and ideas.

“The Magic Act has set a standard of excellence for salons in this area,” said Edwards. “Wanda and Laura have consistently produced the highest quality of service. Studio K will maintain that quality while enhancing the client experience.”

Edwards added Studio K will continue the focus on styling, coloring and make-up services, but also offers a variety of specialty services along with balayage (a type of hair coloring), nails and facial services, as well as bridal packages. Men, women and children alike can get their hair cut there. You can receive a manicure or a pedicure there as well as eyelash extensions. In addition, Studio K will offer exclusive hand-tied hair extensions, never before available in western North Carolina, according to Edwards.

Just 21 years old, Edwards grew up in Marion and has worked as a license cosmetologist since 2013. She has completed extensive training in hair styling and hair extensions and was trained at the Atlanta Make-Up Academy. She said she also associates closely with bridal and wedding consultants in the area.

In addition to herself, Edwards is bringing in an experienced group of professional stylists to join with Beam and Hyder providing a total of seven booths for clients. The salon will have two more hair stylists along with Edwards making a total of three more stylists. In addition, she has recruited an esthetician, who specializes in beautifying the skin.

Edwards said her mission is to bring state-of-the-art services to Marion and the western North Carolina region.

“Our variety of stylists and specialists are highly trained and experienced,” she said. “A Studio K stylist will find that perfect individual style that fits the individual perfectly.”

Studio K is located right next door to Mountain Marquee and the Vintage Market Marion. It is within easy walking distance of MACA, Burrito Bros., Refinery 13, Flavors on Main, the Crooked Door, Mica Town Brewing and other downtown hot spots.

As for the recent economic revitalization of Marion, Edwards said she is proud to be part of it.

“Downtown Marion is a happening place, as young entrepreneurs are creating shopping, eating, drinking and socializing opportunities in downtown,” she said. “I am excited to be a part of this movement.”

She is also excited about the future of her new salon.

“My vision for Studio K is to be an upscale, cutting-edge salon experience,” she said. “Our goal is to bring out your beautiful. You deserve it.”

A grand opening for the new Studio K will take place Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There, the public can meet the stylists and enjoy drinks and appetizers.

For more information, call 828-652-5424. You can also visit

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