Repurposed old barn gives Mission’s Salon Bearde a new look in revamped, expanded space

Michael Bearde in the remodeled Salon Bearde on Johnson Drive.
Michael Bearde in the remodeled Salon Bearde on Johnson Drive.

Salon Bearde has been part of the landscape of Mission’s Johnson Drive for more than 35 years and two generations. Now, it has not only expanded its space, but also added a new look in its completely remodeled full-service salon.

That new look has an old feel to it because Michael Bearde has refurbished the salon using wood and roofing from an old barn. It was a stroke of luck that led him to the barn in Stockton, Mo., and its owner who custom cut the pieces to meet Bearde’s remodeling needs. But re-using the barn material fits perfectly with the sustainable, organic, healthy lifestyle that Bearde and the salon represent.

The remodel, which Bearde said he he’s been dreaming about for six years, has taken eight months of work to complete. It has also incorporated an adjacent building to the east, which the salon already owned.

The extra space will yield a tea and coffee bar for patrons, which will also serve Kombucha, a fermented tea lauded for its health benefits. “We’re all about health here. That’s what we promote,” Bearde says. A new reception area, a hands-on education area and a loft workspace for Bearde also come with the remodel. Bearde spends much of his time training stylists both at the Mission salon and around the country. An outdoor deck in the back also is part of the plan.

All of the products Bearde uses in styling are 100 percent organic. From the hair products to the paper towels, everything is natural and biodegradable, he says. “That’s my lifestyle.” But, he adds, “I had to find something (products) that performed,” so customers would be happy with the results.

Salon Bearde, with its 10 stylist chairs and shampoo area, offers shampoo, cut, blow-dry styling, highlights, color, extensions, straightening and balayage.

Back to that barn: The rustic wood and corrugated metal that now adorn Salon Bearde were an accidental discovery. The barn owner had built a bar from barn wood for his daughter’s wedding. After the event, he advertised it for sale and Bearde bought it to use as his color bar. That led Bearde to buy the barn to transform the salon.

Salon Bearde hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the revamped space this morning, sponsored by the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce. “We love Mission,” Bearde says of his family’s dedication to the Johnson Drive location. Seeing the farmers market start across the street provided the final push for him to reinvest in the space. Salon Bearde is at 5620 Johnson Drive.

The color bar made from old barn wood sparked the renovation.
The color bar made from old barn wood sparked the renovation.