Hair stylist and salon operator Toni Malippa has lived in Lakewood since 1997, but all that time, she has commuted to her Arlington business, Toni’s Salon, which opened in 1993. Her drive to work is about to get a lot shorter. Malippa leased a space in the Lakewood Shopping Center, where she plans to open M Salon in September. Her new space is between UPS and the donut shop, near Penne Pomodoro. It used to be a barber shop. "For years, I’ve wanted to make the move, and I thought that would be the perfect place," she says.

Malippa says she plans to keep the Arlington salon open until the end of the year when she’ll move all of her business to Lakewood.

Click to sign up for the Advocate's weekly news digest and be the first to know what’s happening in Lakewood/East Dallas.