The Pitch Questionnaire with Araby Salon's Heather Williams

The salon owner talks homesteading and the Plaza.



Name: Heather Williams

Occupation: Owner and stylist, Araby Salon Collective

Hometown: Blue Springs, Missouri

Current neighborhood: West Plaza

Who or what is your sidekick? My daughter, Birdie

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? A homesteader in the wilderness

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? La Bodega

Where do you drink? In my bathtub, though I’ve been known to appear at a bar or two.

What’s your favorite charity? Operation Breakthrough. They are so inspiring.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Donna’s Dress Shop, estate sale or Anthropologie

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Border wars

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? First Fridays in the Crossroads

Finish this sentence: “Other than the Kauffman Center, Kansas City got it right when ... ”
We invented barbecue.

“Kansas City screwed up when it ... ” Lost accreditation of our public schools. Shame on us.

“Kansas City needs ... ” Priorities. I don’t want to hear another word about public transportation until we can teach these kids how to read a map.

“On my day off, I like to ... ” Go play outside with my sidekick.

“In five years, I’ll be ... ” Living in the moment.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? I make sure to watch as little TV as possible.

“People might be surprised to know that I ... ” Dread getting my hair done. I can’t sit still that long; it’s like I’m in timeout.

____ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: The Flaming Lips

What movie do you watch at least once a year? True Romance

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Wandering the Plaza Art Fair

Celebrity you’d like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Wayne Coyne

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: @KCCrossroads and @Bourdain

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Dubstep

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? Rolling Stone

Last book you read: The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman

Favorite day trip: Grandma’s house

What was your most embarrassing dating moment? All of them! I get really nervous and turn into a klutz, so watch out, boys. I will spill my drink in your lap.

Interesting brush with the law? A few. I have to behave myself because I always get caught.

Describe a recent triumph: Opening my own business. It would not have been possible without the hard work and support of my family and friends. I am so proud not only of the salon but also the many talented and selfless people I am blessed to know.

Araby Salon Collective opened in January. See

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