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Homestead business expands to a boutique

Eric Slagle | Daily News
Lisa Knox checks a rack of fur vests at her nail salon and boutique Sparks Accessories. The outlet located at 243 E. Eighth Avenue in Homestead is celebrating its expansion into accessories earlier this year with an invitation-only fashion show in October.

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Sparks Accessories

Where: 243 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead

Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Info: 412-464-5151

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 12:41 a.m.

Sparks Accessories in Homestead is celebrating its recent expansion from a nail business into a fashion boutique.

Owner Lisa Knox opened her salon in 2005. Knox said it was her strong faith in God that made her decide to take an early retirement from her job with the state and open a salon.

“It was the Lord telling me to do this,” said Knox, who has been a licensed nail technician since 1996. She credits her faith for sustaining her through the challenges of running a business and learning all that it requires.

Since opening, she has moved into a larger space at 243 E. Eighth Avenue and is using the extra space to expand into retail. Her shop now features jewelry, scarves, belts and other accessories. Knox said her hot item for the fall is fur vests.

To mark the expansion, there is an invitation-only Evening of Fashion and Cocktails on Oct. 5 that Knox said will serve as a networking opportunity for clients and other businesspeople.

Eric Slagle is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1966, or

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