Beautiful people doing beautiful things at a beautiful place. Located in downtown Lexington, Kentucky, The Salon at Wellington Arms is the full-service destination to relax, treat, and transform your hair and self.

Free private parking is located behind The Salon.

Our Story

Our story begins with the beauty icon Elizabeth Arden. Our founder, Timothy Johnson was working for Elizabeth Arden at her Red Door Salon in Lexington, Kentucky.

When Ms. Arden passed in 1966, he decided to bet on himself to form Timothy's in 1968, taking many of his high-profile clients with them and providing the same elite services he had provided his entire career.

Originally located on Winchester Road, a second location was opened soon after in Lansdowne. Timothy’s would later be one of only a few select businesses chosen to open a location in the inaugural year of Rupp Arena.

An incredible new location was found at Wellington Arms, located at the corner of Woodland and Main.

Timothy Johnson and his life partner, Alan Garrett would flourish in both love and business over the next four decades serving those in the Bluegrass area and beyond.

Sadly, tragedy struck on May 1, 2009. Our beloved Timothy Johnson passed away. Alan tried to keep going without the love of his life, but it simply wasn’t the same.

Fortunately, another couple would step in to revitalize the Salon and carry on its tradition of being a conduit of class and sophistication in the Bluegrass.

A conduit of class and sophistication in the Bluegrass

Micah and Troy Wallace took over The Salon at Wellington Arms on January 1, 2013.

The names and locations may have changed through the years, but The
Salon continues its tradition of providing a world-class salon experience to its clients. Beautiful, sophisticated, and always at the bleeding edge of beauty and fashion, The Salon provides top quality hair services in a welcoming, luxurious environment.

From A-list celebrities to royalty to those visiting in the horse industry to the Governor's Mansion to the high-class ladies of the evening at Anita Madden's parties. The Salon and our people have always and continue to be trusted to provide the world-class experience we all deserve.

We are beautiful people doing beautiful things at a beautiful place.

Book your appointment today and become a part of the storied history of The Salon at Wellington Arms.

Our Mission & Values

Our mission is to bring more beauty to the world and provide Lexington and our Bluegrass area with a world-class salon experience. 

Our doors are open to all, and we strive to create a warm, welcoming, and inclusive environment for everyone.

We believe beauty changes lives. We are all beautiful people doing beautiful things in a beautiful place.

In Memoriam

We are forever grateful to our original founder, Timothy Johnson, and the light, beauty, and joy he brought into the world. His loving partner of 38 years, Alan Garrett, survives him.  The Salon at Wellington Arms is honored to carry on the legacy of a Lexington icon.

Obituary of Timothy Johnson

Longtime Lexington salon owner Timothy Johnson died Friday (May 1, 2009) at his home after a battle with emphysema.

"For close to five decades, he was a premier hairstylist and fashion adviser to many of Lexington's most prominent and fashionable women," longtime friend Sue Wylie wrote in a memorial of Mr. Johnson. "His friendship brightened the lives of many, many people."

Mr. Johnson was born in Salvisa and started doing hair while in his late teens. He got his start at Lexington's Wolf Wile Co. department store. Later, he worked at the Elizabeth Arden salon at Stewart's department store in Lexington.

"When Miss Arden would come to town, he would do her hair" at her Maine Chance horse farm, said Alan Garrett, Mr. Johnson's companion and partner of 38 years. "They liked each other. They would have tea in the afternoon. She said, 'You just do not know how to pour tea.'"

After Arden's death, her salon at Stewart's closed, and Mr. Johnson opened Timothy's in 1968, taking many of his high-profile clients with him.

The salon had locations on Winchester Road and in Lexington Center and the Lansdowne Shoppes over the years.

Three years ago, Timothy The Salon moved to the Wellington Arms building at East Main Street and Woodland Avenue. Garrett, a partner in the salon, will continue operating it.

Mr. Johnson was an animal lover who also enjoyed gardening, and cultivating and collecting orchids. His age was a well-kept secret, Garrett said.

"He was just known for that. Everybody made fun. He was most likable. People enjoyed being around him," Garrett said. "He made people feel good."

Source: https://www.kentucky.com/latest-news/article43998243.html