REDDING \u2014 Chantel Pavlick, 38, opened Salon En Root \u2014 an \u201con-location\u201d hair salon \u2014 to bring hair services to customers at home during the pandemic. Pavlick \u2014 a licensed hairdresser for nearly 20 years \u2014 noticed that her clients were hesitant to book in-person salon visits during the pandemic. They voiced concerns about their safety and not having the time to get there. She previously toggled with the idea of an on-the-go salon after being convinced \u2014 by platforms, like GrubHub and Instacart \u2014 that society is heading toward a \u201cfast-paced, convenient\u201d world, where everything is brought to the customer. When the state shut down non-essential businesses, she got to thinking. \u201cWhile everything was shut down, I had about two-and-a-half months to put a perspective on what\u2019s going on right now and what my future is and what my industry entails being in such close proximity to people,\u201d she said. \u201cIt kind of really led me to this idea of starting an on-location salon where I\u2019d bring everything to somebody\u2019s home and provide them with a professional, quality service in the comfort and convenience of their home.\u201d In August, she decided to go for it and opened Salon En Root. She didn\u2019t want to \u201cjust be a hairdresser showing up at people\u2019s homes with a bag,\u201d she wanted it to be a \u201creal business.\u201d Pavlick worked with mentors from Western Connecticut Score to legitimize the salon by obtaining the proper business licenses and insurance. After getting approvals for the business, she put out feelers in local Facebook groups. She had about 15 appointments lined up just after a day or two. The business has been up and running for just a few months and Pavlick loves it. The salon\u2019s hours are limited and vary because as a mother of two children on remote learning schedules \u2014 who still works part-time at a New Milford salon \u2014 her time is limited. She sets up appointments for residents in nearby towns when possible, often on the weekends and some weeknights. Clients can schedule a visit by emailing or calling her directly. She requires customers to answer a questionnaire prior to an appointment \u2014 regarding recent COVID-19 exposure in the household and any potential symptoms \u2014 to ensure everyone\u2019s safety. It almost looks like Pavlick is preparing to move in when she arrives at a client\u2019s home. She appears with her handy-dandy suitcase \u2014 complete with a mirror, outlets, lights and portable hair supplies, in addition to hand sanitizer and disinfectants for her tools \u2014 that unfolds into a hairdressing station. Pavlick has accumulated approximately 135 clients since opening, many with a specific need for her services. The bulk of her clients are either working individuals with young children or those who cannot take any chances with in-person hair appointments, like immune-compromised populations. While she thinks the business is \u201cexciting and fun,\u201d Pavlick finds some aspects of it to be \u201ctouching.\u201d She loves getting to know people and help others feel good about how they look. \u201cTo me, it\u2019s actually been wonderful, I\u2019m enjoying the process of it,\u201d Pavlick said. Once the pandemic ends, she plans to keep growing Salon En Root into a full-time salon on the go.