boiling springs woman opens hair store for african american women

With tears streaming down her face, Brittany Griffin locked the door of her beauty salon. She knew Queen B Dynasty was closed for good.

Owner Brittany Griffin helps customer Pia Singleton at Bee Unique Beauty Supply next to Queen B Dynasty on South Main Street in Boiling Springs Thursday afternoon, March 3, 2022.

“It was heartbreaking,” said Griffin. “When I closed the doors, I didn’t think I was coming back. I gave up on it.”

When the pandemic tore through Cleveland County, Griffin was ordered to close her doors. She was just one year into entrepreneurship, having opened her salon in 2019.

But the pandemic could not take away her calling and Feb. 19, Griffin added Bee Unique Beauty Supply to her hair salon on 433 S. Main St. in Boiling Springs.

“I’m a hair stylist,” said Griffin. “If I ran out of something, I had to stop what I was doing and drive 15-30 minutes out to get what I needed. That was a problem. We needed a hair store, so I opened one up.”