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Old Theater Gets New Purpose

Updated: Thursday, August 8 2013, 01:24 PM EDT
A former theater from the days of silent movies gets a makeover.

The Jackson Theater was built off Eastern Avenue in the early 1900s. It fell into disrepair in the 70s and the amphitheater was torn down.

Snip, clip, color or curl. When you go to a salon, you hope to leave looking good. At Coco Creative Wellness, the makeover started inside out.

Last year, Kent Hardman and his father purchased the nearly 100-year-old Jackson Theater.

Hardman saw the beauty of the old theater's exposed brick and terrazzo floors.

Six apartments went into the upstairs portion of the building. Then a couple of months ago Colleen Herman and her mom signed on to rent the first floor and start a salon.

The city of Cincinnati chipped in with a 12 year tax abatement to help the project out.

After months of work, Coco Creative Wellness opened last week bringing nine new jobs to one of Cincinnati's oldest neighborhoods.         

The salon opens at eight Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information, check out their Facebook page under Coco Creative Wellness.

Old Theater Gets New Purpose


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