Room to Breathe

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A booming business, a salon bursting at the seams and a lease about to expire provided the impetus for Randy Currie to move his business to larger quarters. "I'd had my eye on this sizeable space, located a couple of doors down from our existing location, for quite a while," says Currie, owner of Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, a two-story beauty establishment situated in an upscale shopping complex between Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE, in Pennsylvania's beautiful Brandywine Valley.

Wooden walls and red seating give a warm, cozy ambience to the spa's relaxation room.
Wooden walls and red seating give a warm, cozy ambience to the spa's relaxation room.

"For me, it came down to either remodeling the less-than-perfect floor plan we were in or relocating to a place where we could have a dedicated spot for spa services. So, I went for it."

The spa's nurturing treatment rooms promote relaxation and indulge the senses.
The spa's nurturing treatment rooms promote relaxation and indulge the senses.

The result is a sophisticated 9,000-square-foot space that indulges clients with a sense of warmth while supplying an exceptional array of beauty treatments and retail needs. In addition to design details such as sumptuous leather furnishings, bamboo wood walls, contemporary lighting and translucent channel glass, the new digs feature 36 stations (28 for hair and eight for nails), a state-of-the-art color bar and six hydro-pedicure chairs where nail techs serve up scrumptious specialties like Chocolate Cake, Milk & Honey, Ginger Lime and Rosemary Mint pedicures.

The pampering continues in the spa area, which exudes serenity with sound-proof walls, soothing music and an undercurrent of textures and restful colors that create a comfortable cocoon, allowing guests to unwind and rejuvenate. "In our old place, the treatment rooms were scattered throughout the salon, which wasn't conducive to relaxation," explains Currie. "The move enabled us to create a soothing atmosphere that's far removed from the high energy of the salon, and our customers have loved it."

Attractive first-floor retail displays play a major role in the salon's design scheme.
Attractive first-floor retail displays play a major role in the salon's design scheme.

Providing clients with a 1,200-square-foot retail space that services all their beauty needs has likewise been a hit among clients. "The entire first floor is a retail space," says the 2004 Global Salon Business Awards' Salon Entrepreneur of the Year. "After 29 years in the beauty industry, our number-one goal was to create a total beauty experience." Mission accomplished.

Clients get the five-star color treatment at the salon's color bar, which is free of mirrors.
Clients get the five-star color treatment at the salon's color bar, which is free of mirrors.