Doing business on pure faith

Pure Faith Salon & Spa owner Kelly Wilson offers a variety of professional salon and spa services in her Alabaster shop. (contributed)

By MOLLIE BROWN / Business Columnist

Kelly Schrader Wilson has been a cosmetologist since 1989 and owned her own shop since 1998. Wilson opened Pure Faith Salon & Spa in Calera in 2005, but moved to a larger facility in Alabaster six months later.

“I opened my first salon in Birmingham in 1998,” Wilson said. “God led me to open it, but I closed it and other shops when things didn’t go as planned. Each time God would tell me to go back to it, this is your ministry. So I can’t close down anymore, I have to keep going because it’s what God wants me to do. Now when things don’t go as planned, it’s by pure faith I can keep on truckin’.”

Pure Faith salon is a 3,000-foot facility located at 8919 U.S. 119 in Alabaster, across from Elliottsville Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The salon has an awesome staff. Kayla Beal is a master cosmetologist, Jasmine Smith a master stylist, Priscilla Harris a cosmetologist, Larissa Davis an apprentice cosmetologist, Kristie Ranson is salon/office manager and Sharon Reeds is a managing esthetician (skin care specialist).

The salon offers a variety of services: haircuts, multi-dimensional coloring, hair extensions, perms, relaxers, manicures, pedicures, skincare, waxing, facials and spa body treatments. Massage therapy will be added in late August when Wilson’s sister-in-law, Angie Farrington, joins the salon as co-owner.

Wilson will soon expand her business to offer canvas art and praise dance ministry classes in an adjoining building. “Art instructor Beverly Klamer will hold co-ed classes as well as private parties for churches, bridal showers, prom and other special occasions — we’re going to have a big grand opening. I plan to open two additional salons in Calera and Montevallo in the future,” she said.

Wilson treats salon clients as family and uses her God-given talent to minister to the community. The salon and spa team give back to the community through fundraisers and charitable events throughout the year.

The salon is open: Tues. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Check out their specials on Facebook and the salon website, For appointments call 664-9888.


Mollie Brown is a business columnist for the Shelby County Reporter. She can be reached at