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When Nikita Fedorov and Elena Fedorova immigrated to Canada in April 2016, their goal was to start a new life, and open a hair dressing salon.
The couple decided to leave Russia in 2011, after it became clear that Vladimir Putin would be elected as president. Four and a half years later, they arrived in Winnipeg with their three children.
"Mentally, we were pressed out," Fedorov said. "There was less and less space for free-minded people."
On Aug. 8, nearly a year and a half after leaving Russia, they opened Lime & Pine at 228 Henderson Hwy.
A former civil lawyer, Fedorov said they applied for immigration by way of the provincial nominee program for business. Fedorova was a graduate of Estel Hairdressing School in St. Petersburg.
"We decided to take my business experience and to combine with my wife’s profession," Fedorov explained.
When they got to Winnipeg, the family settled in the Valley Gardens area and began working towards their goal.
"From the beginning, it was to be a hair salon, but when we come here, we understand it needs to be more," said Fedorova,. who enrolled at the Scientific Marvel Beauty School. to become a licensed hair stylist in Canada. She also took training as an esthetician, so that she could offer a wider range of services at Lime & Pine.
In October 2016, while Fedorova studied at SMBS, Fedorov began renovating the space on Henderson Highway. Formerly occupied by Liberty Tax Service, the space had originally been the home of the Kelvin Beauty Shop, which had operated out of the building for decades.
"We brought this building back to its roots," said Fedorov, who incorporated some of the building’s original brick and wood into the salon’s new look.
"That a piece of lumber," he said, indicating the beams holding up the hairstyling workspace. "That was a piece of main beam that was sitting in basement over 70 years. I decided to clean it and use it."
At SMBS, Fedorov met fellow hair stylist Yumiko Ogata, who is also taking clients at Lime & Pine. Esthetician Ramona Parvaneh, who was an instructor at SMBS, is also on board, starting in September.
Currently, the shop offers hair styling, manicures, pedicure, lash extensions, waxing, facials, make-up application, and more. To date, the bulk of their clientele has been a result of walk-ins and word of mouth.
"We are looking for beauty here, and we want to share it," Fedorova said. "We would like to see (the salon) growing, to have more staff."
Both Fedorov and Fedorova said their family is enjoying life in Canada. Coming from St. Petersburg, a city of five million, Fedorov said he finds the pace of life in Winnipeg more comfortable. They’ve also enjoyed the summer weather, and getting out into nature.
"In St. Petersburg we don’t have sun at all, really, and here we have sun almost every day," Fedorova said.
"Yesterday, we spend all day on Grand Beach. It was stormy, and our kids played in waves like in the real sea," Fedorov added.
Apparently, their kids — who are six, nine, and 11 — have also taken quickly to life as Canadians.
"We try to force them to speak to us in Russian," Fedorov said. "But they already speak to each other in English. Our youngest speaks English without any accent already!"
Lime & Pine is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. To book an appointment, visit www.limeandpine.com or call 204-661-4526.
Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org Call him at 204-697-7112