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Creating A Beautiful
Escape for Clients

By Cody Moore, Photography by Kayla Broadway

When Jonesboro’s Amber Stone dreamed of opening her own salon and med spa in the city, she knew she wanted to build a business that would also offer an escape for clients. She accomplished that goal in 2019 with the opening of VANSTONE Salon and Med Spa, which offers an array of hair, aesthetic and cosmetic services set in a modern, chic environment.

Stone, who’s originally from Louisiana, moved to Jonesboro when she was just 12 years old. After graduating from high school, Stone attended school at Arkansas State University – Newport at Marked Tree, where she obtained her cosmetology license and fell in love with the profession. Stone is also certified by Sam Villa, an online hair education program, as well as Hairdreams, a hair extensions company, and by Redken as a color specialist.

After working in the business for 20 years, Stone knew that the next phase in her career would include opening her own Jonesboro-based salon and med spa, something she has always wanted to accomplish.

“I have always dreamed of owning a salon and med spa, but not just a typical one,” said Stone. “I wanted an environment that made you feel like you were somewhere else; somewhere you felt like you could forget all that was happening in your life. My main goal is for clients to feel like a rock star while they’re here and when they leave.”

VANSTONE Salon and Med Spa opened its doors in May of 2019 and has made a positive name for itself within the community. For Stone, her business represents years of hard work and dedication, as well as a deep love for her family.

“My grandfather was Buren Ballard, who hung the moon in my eyes,” said Stone. “So, when I got pregnant after many failed pregnancies, I was completely sure it was a boy. I knew his name was going to be Vanburen Michael Stone after my late grandfather.

“So, the two people who I admire so dearly helped me come up with the name VANSTONE. … It’s so dear to me for that reason.”

VANSTONE offers an array of hair services, including shampoo, cut and style, dry cuts, color, highlights, hand-tied extensions, balayage, perms, keratin treatments, Brazilian blowouts and more.

“I would say our most popular hair services would be our hand-tied extensions and balayage coloring, as well as the Brazilian blowouts,” said Stone.

Stone, along with 15 other stylists at VANSTONE, work day-in and day-out to give the Jonesboro community an array of top-notch hair services, as well as an unforgettable salon experience.

“To be completely honest, it’s wonderful working alongside all of the employees,” said Stone. “We look forward to coming to work to see each other and simply enjoy each other’s company. We know 100 percent that we have each other’s backs.”

More than just a typical hair salon, VANSTONE also offers an array of cosmetic services, including facial waxing, eyebrow and facial threading, lash extensions, brow services, spray tans and makeup application services.

The salon’s med spa portion offers multiple types of massage options, as well as aesthetic services performed by licensed aestheticians and estheticians, something Stone is extremely proud to offer at VANSTONE.

“I wanted to be able to be a one-stop shop,” said Stone. “You would be able to have the works done and not have to drive to four different places.”

Popular cosmetic and aesthetic services offered include lash lifts, the oxygen facial, microblading, dermaplaning, dermal infusion, microneedling, the deluxe facial, brow tinting and permanent makeup application. Botox and multiple types of fillers, performed by Dr. Verona Brown-Bebow, are also available to VANSTONE clients.

“We have the best medical director in the state,” said Stone. “Dr. Verona Brown-Bebow is so gifted and a perfectionist when it comes to enhancing your best attributes. We are honored that she chose VANSTONE to be her home.”

At the end of the day, Stone, along with her dedicated team of stylists, aestheticians and estheticians, are thankful for the support that the Jonesboro community has given the establishment since its inception.

“We have had such wonderful feedback from the community,” said Stone. “The main thing we love is seeing our clients smile when they leave. That in itself is the main goal.

“VANSTONE will continue to strive and stay ahead of the hair and skin game. Our job is to use our gifts and talents to enhance everyone’s best assets.”

VANSTONE Salon and Med Spa, located at 317 W. Parker Road, is open Monday by appointment only, Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information on VANSTONE’s services or to book an appointment, visit vanstonesalon.com or call (870) 520-5079.