BY MELANIE YOUNG
Kimberly Mott is a well-known business owner and community volunteer in Trenton who built her successful business from the ground up — and gained a little faith along the way.
Mott is the owner of Colors by Kim Hair Salon and Day Spa. Located at 3259 West Road, Trenton, Colors by Kim is a full-service salon and spa that offers a wide variety of services including cuts, color, special occasion styling, as well as nail services, skin care, hair removal and massages. According to the salon’s website, the business also specializes in color and hair artistry.
Mott is not shy to say that her faith in God guides her business and daily life. She was not raised as a member of a church, but had an older neighbor in Wyandotte who planted a seed in her mind and heart.
“This neighbor tried to get us to go to church,” Mott said. “I felt a tug in my heart and I knew there was something more.”
It wasn’t until many years later that a client led her on that path. According to Mott, the client, who became a good friend, would come in for a hair service and pose questions to her about God and would quote the word of God. One day, this friend asked if she “wanted to receive Jesus.” Mott looked into her own heart, and knew the answer was yes. Her entire life changed at that moment.
Mott is active in her church, Downriver Christian Community Church in Melvindale, and also has a faith-based Facebook group, KimUnity. When asked if she ever considered joining the clergy, the answer was no.
“My business is my ministry,” she said. “I love the Lord with all my heart. I hope that I can be a testimony to grow my girls (at the salon) in their livelihood. I don’t push my faith on them. I live my faith before them.”
The salon recently celebrated 20 years in business and has always been located Downriver. Mott grew up in Wyandotte and Woodhaven, and graduated from Woodhaven High School. While at Woodhaven High, she took cosmetology classes beginning in 10th grade and has been doing hair ever since. Her first job was at a barber shop owned by her instructor’s daughter, located at the former Racquet King Court in Trenton, now known as the Trenton Athletic Club.
She worked in several different salons and managed many as well, and didn’t like the way some were run. So she made the decision to open her own salon. In 1996, she opened Colors by Kim in the same space she started cutting hair, at the Trenton Athletic Club, formerly Racquet King Court.
The salon moved to its current location in 1998 and has grown into a 3,000-square-foot space that has become a $1 million salon. Colors by Kim carries Redken and Pureology products, and her stylists all receive training sessions throughout the year in order to build their skill sets.
“I’m thankful for the team I have. We are all about growing them in their skills in life and community.” Mott added that from the front desk to the hairdresser, it’s not about one superstar. It’s about creating one super team.
Stylist Erin Harris has worked for Mott for almost 10 years and enjoys working for her. “She is one of the biggest cheerleaders. She treats us all like family members. It’s a wonderful place to work.”
While owning the salon is a great joy in Mott’s life, owning a business does have its downfalls. In fact, it is the one thing that tests her faith.
“When you try to run your business as honest as you can, then someone attacks your character as it relates to the business, that’s hard,” Mott said. “I want to be a light in the world, and when someone says you’re not, it’s hard.”
Mott relies on her family and faith to get her through the rough patches. Her husband of nearly 30 years, Kevin, and her daughter, son and daughter-in-law, all hold dear places in her heart.
In addition to owning her salon, Kimberly is heavily involved in the community through the Trenton Rotary Club. She was recently promoted from a director on the board to treasurer of the community service group.
Mott has great praise for the organization. “I joined because of how great the people are. They are the type of people who you aspire to be. It allows you to reach the community and reach the world.”
“She’s a very vibrant, positive person,” Matt Hatty, secretary of the Trenton Rotary Club, said about Mott’s impact on the organization. “Her positive attitude has put a positive spin on everything we do.”
After just one year in the club, Mott was honored as the group’s Member of the Year in 2016 for her role in planning and organizing a major fundraiser.
Mott can be reached at the salon at (734) 671-4247, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The salon also has pages on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.