Popular Warner Robins salon issued cease-and-desist order

WARNER ROBINS — The Matthew Caleb Salon has been ordered to stop hair treatment, according to state officials.

Matt Carrothers, a spokesman in the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, said a cease-and-desist order was issued late last month halting all hair treatment at the salon. According to the order, signed by salon owner Matthew Caleb Pierce, the salon must not perform any acts that require licensure from the state of Georgia.

Click here to view the document issued by the Georgia Secretary of State's Office

“It’s not licensed, and that’s all we can release at this time,” Carrothers said.

It’s all a big misunderstanding, owner Pierce said by phone Tuesday afternoon.

“Let me call the state, because we just got visited last week,” he said, taking the call while tending to a customer. “I’ll clear this up.”

He had not called back as of Tuesday evening.

Ushered into the Warner Robins area in 2005, the posh salon became an instant hit. Known for its upscale decor and top-of-the-line customer service, the salon flourished. It was even added as a member of the Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce, a distinction it no longer holds.

The salon’s Web site was not working Tuesday, and a MySpace page does not appear to have been updated in more than a year and a half.

The salon remains open. Tuesday afternoon, customers filed through the doors of the salon’s new location at 3030 Watson Blvd, Suite 500. A woman in the lobby area was halfway through a highlight treatment, her blonde hair encased in foil.

The salon was previously located at 1806 Russell Parkway, Suite 1200.

To contact writer Marlon A. Walker, call 256-9685.