LincWay will open fully in the coming months, STEAM Playlab is underway

DALTON − Business has boomed since Brittany Jarvis moved her hair salon J & Co. Hair Studio and Spa into a room in the LincWay center building on the outskirts of the village.

The new location is a spacious upgrade that more than doubled her original space in Orrville, which measured nearly 800 square feet, she said.

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“We went from a few chairs to 12 and now more than 14 here,” Jarvis said. “Here I can train more stylists and they can run their own business in my space. It’s really perfect.”

Jarvis began leasing the space at 258 Kurzen Road in October and is the only fully independent business to do so at the LincWay center, which keeps the still-running STEAM Playlab.

The remaining businesses, including the art studio and cafe and market, will be operated by LincWay and are scheduled to open in the coming months, said Delight Howells, director of LincWay. The 24/7 office space opened its doors in December.

The first businesses to open

The LincWay offices for rent also include a shared kitchen area.

Jarvis’ opportunity to rent the space at LincWay came about during a chance meeting with Howell’s father, who needed a haircut.

After a quick look around the Orrville salon, he said a bigger space might be needed, Jarvis recalled. She agreed.

Everyone came to a lease agreement at a meeting, and Jarvis moved into LincWay in early October.

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Two months later, LincWay Workspace opened. The eight private offices range from 76 to 117 square feet and can be rented on a monthly or semiannual basis, according to the LincWay website.

The six smaller offices cost $475 per month or $450 per month for a six-month period. The two largest offices cost $500 each month or $475 per month for a period of six months.

“Anyone can rent an office either for work or school,” Howells said. “Once you’re hired, you get a card to come into the office at any time of the day.”

An office was rented while construction was still underway, she said.

“It’s perfect for anyone who works remotely or is able to change where they work,” she said.

The office also has a kitchenette, a utility room, a break room, two toilets and a conference room. Water, gas, electricity, maintenance, repairs, cleaning, internet and a smart TV are provided according to the website.

To rent an office, anyone can call Howells at 234-226-8888 or email her at

Art studio, cafe and market

There will be lots of things for people to do at the LincWay Art Studio.

The LincWay Art Studio, scheduled to open Thursday, February 23, will offer classes and projects for all ages in the evening hours every Thursday through Saturday.

Pottery “make and take” same day projects will be available along with glaze pottery and painting.

“I love making (art) with my kids and my husband,” Howells said. “That’s why I wanted this space, to give families a space for creativity.”

Once the art studio opens, the final piece to the LincWay puzzle will take center stage in March with the grand opening of the LincWay Cafe and Market.

Enjoy the Howells in the kitchen at LincWay Cafe & Market.

The market will sell locally produced goods, including food and produce. Next door is the cafe, which sells ice cream, sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee and other items, Howells said.

The cafe will have two entrances, one from the STEAM Playlab for museum visitors and one for the general public.

Both the cafe and the market will be open in the evenings.

“We wanted a place where people could have fun and do things, and there aren’t too many places to hang out at night here,” Howells said. “That’s why we open the cafe, the market and the art studio in the evening hours.”

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