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Upscale salon closes Clay Terrace storefront

July 11, 2014

High-end David & Mary Salon Spa has closed its Clay Terrace location after months of grappling with road construction, frigid weather and the loss of several key employees.

Owners David and Mary Miller posted a note to the business’ website this week, calling it “the most difficult decision that we have made in our 30 years” of operating the salon.

They said the last six months have been particularly challenging, and the aftermath has “drastically diminished our operating capital to a degree that we are no longer able to recoup or recover at this location.”

But the Millers and the remaining staff plan to stay together, offering their services at the Salon Lofts co-op on 146th Street in Westfield’s Cool Creek Village retail center.

“We look to our new home as a fresh start,” they wrote.

Elsewhere in Carmel, Romano’s Macaroni Grill closed its restaurant off 116th Street just west of Keystone Parkway. Crews removed its sign from the building Tuesday.

A note on the door directs customers to the nearest location at 5720 W. 86th Street in Indianapolis. The Italian chain has served Carmel for 12 years, the note said.

A spokeswoman told Current in Carmel that the restaurant’s lease expired, and the company does not plan to look for another site in the city.

In other retail news:

— Goldfish Swim School is planning a second Indiana location more than a year after opening at Merchants Square in Carmel.

The Michigan-based franchise is expected to take over a former hardware store at 11581 Geist Pavilion Drive in Fishers, near the intersection of 116th Street and Olio Road.

The Carmel site, which opened in April 2013, features a custom 4-foot-deep pool (kept at a comfortable 90 degrees), a dozen cabana-like private changing rooms, a snack bar, a pro shop and a blow-dry bar for post-lesson coiffing.

— The Fishers strip-mall space that formerly housed Mudsock Books & Curiosity Shoppe is set to be transformed into Blue Danube Deli/Market. Renovations are planned for the 1,200-square-foot shop at 11850 Allisonville Road.

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