INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Tim Sizemore’s 20-year career downtown came to an end when Studio 2000 closed after 30 years in business. Over the past several weeks, Sizemore has gone from being a former employee to a new business owner.
On Sept. 8 his new salon called One 2 One will open inside the Columbia Club on the circle. He knows there is some risk opening during a pandemic but said he believes it’s what downtown needs.
“We are a city that strives off of our downtown and it’s got to be a focus for the city to fix it and I think it’s a good start where they’re starting right now and I think it will come back,” said Sizemore.
Downtown Indy Inc.’s senior vice president Bob Schultz said in tough times, entrepreneurs shine.
“We love seeing stories like this where there unfortunately has been a case that has lead to some sort of change and someone is going to rise from that.”
Schultz said the number of people working downtown has gone from 150,000 to about 20,000 and out-of-town visitors from about 70,000 in one day to between 100 and 5,000.
However, those numbers don’t worry him too much because of a new campaign launched by his department that includes enhanced safety and security measures, new homeless outreach programs and housing efforts, more cleaning and beautification and downtown promotion.
Sizemore said many of his previous clients have committed to following him and that his appointment book is filling up fast. He added this was a relief considering his initial hesitation to stay downtown after his former employer closed.
“There is a bit of fear when it comes to the pandemic and what it’s done to downtown. But I just love being in the heart of the city and I know we’re going to rebound,” said Sizemore.
Sizemore said anyone can be a client at One 2 One and customers don’t need to be a member at the Columbia Club to book an appointment.