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beauty bar z ribbon cuttingBeauty Bar Z Owner Mayra Zapien and her dad cut the ribbon on her new business at 8 S. Kansas in downtown Liberal. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

 

Liberal has many cosmetology businesses, and recently, another one was added to the town’s landscape.

In mid-June, Mayra Zapien opened Beauty Bar Z, and she said the idea for her new business has been in the works for a while.

“I’ve been working on this project for a year and a half, maybe two,” she said.” It’s been quite a process, but we finally completed it. It’s a family-owned business. My dad has been a huge assist with this. He’s just done anything and everything he possibly can. He’s been a humongous help.”

Beauty Bar Z, located at 8 S. Kansas just south of the intersection of Kansas Avenue and Second Street, offers a wide variety of services, according to its owner.

“We offer women’s colors, cuts, men’s cuts,” she said. “We do eyebrow waxing. We plan to get into body waxing as well, perms, highlights, just a little bit of everything.”

Zapien said the list of services she provides will soon be expanded.

“We will have manicures and pedicures available, gel nails and dips,” she said. “We don’t have that running yet, but we will have that available.”

All of these services, Zapien said, remind people cosmetology is about much more than just hair.

“It’s a wide range of a lot of things, a lot of opportunities to be able to grow and develop yourself,” she said. “It’s a lot of hard work. It’s a lot of long hours, but if you love to do it, that’s what you love to do.”

Like many in her business, Zapien has had a passion for hair and the other aspects of cosmetology for much of her life.

“I’ve always loved doing hair,” she said. “Many years ago, I used to do all of my friends’ hair, do their makeup, and it’s just been a passion of mine I’ve looked forward to doing and owning my own business one day.”

Zapien attributed Beauty Bar Z’s location to simply opportunity.

“Brenda Rogers used to own this, and my dad’s really good friends with her,” she said. “She offered to sell it. I was going to school at that time, and my dad thought it’d be a great location.”

In 2009, Zapien started attending Seward County Community College’s cosmetology program, but she did not initially complete it. However, she went back to SCCC in 2015 and finished the curriculum, and now, she finds herself owning her own business.

Zapien said she believes Liberal has many talented cosmetologists, and she said all of them have something to offer to the industry.

“Everyone’s great around here,” she said. “There’s a lot of very talented stylists and barbers.”

Zapien said Ernie Schaefer, who operates Rick’s Barber Shop across from Beauty Bar Z, has been very helpful and encouraging to her efforts. She has spoken to many of the other stylists in town, and she considers them all amazing.

Like all of them, Zapien did say she would like to focus on what makes her business possible.

“I would say what we would like to specialize in is our customer service, a customer coming in the door being able to relax, wind down and just get treated well,” she said.

Beauty Bar Z is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Zapien said she is happy to see the fruits of her labor come to fruition at last.

“We’re just really thankful we were able to finally complete this project and get it going,” she said. “Hopefully, we can service the town of Liberal and provide the best service possible.”

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