Wilsonian returning home to open second salon

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After two years of success in Knightdale, a Hunt High graduate is opening a second hair salon in her hometown.

Toya Edwards founded Dior’s House of Weave about two years ago, but the time has come for her to expand her business and she chose historic downtown Wilson.

“It definitely feels great,” she said. “It has always been a dream of mine to open a salon back home because there is nothing like this in Wilson.”

Edwards has hired two other stylists for more than a decade of combined experience specializing in hair extensions.

“There are not many salons that specialize in extensions,” she said. “We specialize in all the new techniques and stay up to date.”

While the space south of Imagination Station at 300 Nash St. might not look like much now, Edwards considers it a blank canvas ready for transformation by the opening on April 14.

“The day I open is the day of Hunt’s prom, so I’m just super-duper excited,” she said. “I’m ready for everything to come together and be open.”

For more information about Edwards’ salon, visit www.facebook.com/diorshouseofweave/.

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The N.C. Defense Industry Diversification Initiative has selected Rocky Mount as the site of an upcoming town hall event to help businesses contract or subcontract with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Initiative officials have worked to streamline the process of contracting with the government and developed a strategic plan, which will be debuted at the town hall at noon on March 14 at N.C. Wesleyan College. Registration is recommended for the free event at tinyurl.com/ya72q3dq with lunch provided. “Surveying North Carolina’s defense business industry was done in an effort to acquire derived actionable insights from the data generated throughout the supply chain. After capturing thoughts on how this process could be streamlined, this initiative is now positioned to make recommendations for a strategic plan for the state’s defense contractors and suppliers,” Secretary Larry Hill of the N.C. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and co-chairman of N.C. DIDI, said in a press release. “These insights foster economic growth, job creation and innovation.”

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