“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”-Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter
When Amanda Acheson (a.k.a. A. Madhatter) opened her shop on the ground floor of The Stream in Newaygo there was no time to have a grand opening. After all it was the Christmas season and the mother of two, full time college student, artist/musician had her hands full managing the time it took to get her newly christened business A. Madhatter Salon rolling.
Then she was struck by inspiration. October 6th, as nearly everyone knows, is National Mad Hatter Day. A day aimed at celebrating silliness, mirth and a dash of the comical confusion the Lewis Carroll character embodies.
In this spirit the funky and chic salon will be rolling out the red carpet to welcome all comers to their UnGrand Grand Opening this Friday beginning at 10am and running through 6pm.
The event features local entertainment throughout the day, giveaways, an exotic petting zoo (3-6pm), and food including a Mad Hatter cake created by the folks at Bluebird Bakery and what Ms. Acheson describes as ‘amazing cupcakes’.
And really, who can turn down the opportunity to sample amazing cupcakes?
The shop itself is riddled with references to the intriguing character from Alice in Wonderland and provides the kind of respite from the busy world one seeks when pursuing a trim, some styling or perhaps that ever elusive ‘new look’. Ms. Acheson and fellow ‘Hatter’ Rose Contreras have developed a loyal following and see the event as a way to thank folks for their patronage.
“We want to give a little back to our existing customers and maybe make a few new friends along the way,” said Acheson.
The shop is yet another part of the vibrant business atmosphere that has been created in downtown Newaygo.
“I Love Newaygo,” said Ms. Acheson. “ The city is truly growing. Sometimes I feel like I am watching a child grow up as it blossoms into something so amazing and beautiful.
“I am very grateful that I get to be a part of that.”
A. Madhatter Salon can be found near the north entrance to The Stream.