Lake Nona in Orlando, FL, also known as Medical City, is undergoing a renaissance of sorts. Tiffany Cameron and Nate Alfonso saw that as an opportunity, and jumped 2,500 miles from LA to introduce a new salon to the community. Aptly named Jacq & Jack, the 3,000-square-foot beauty spot takes a his and hers approach. Cameron, who has a background in hairstyling and skincare, and Alfonso, a business owner, officially opened the salon in August 2018 in Town Center, an area that is rapidly booming.
Behind Jacq & Jack sits a 4M-square-foot retail, dining and entertainment development, and Lake Nona has plans to introduce a clear crystal lagoon, bringing the beach to an otherwise landlocked Orlando.
Nail stations inside the Primprose Room. // Photography: Vanessa Boy
“They have so many great innovative outlets here, and we wanted to be a part of something from the ground up,” Cameron says. “We’re in phase one, but developments are happening every single day.”
As for the salon concept, Cameron took care to offer both the his and the hers, down to the smallest details. “I wanted to make sure that we were allowing that separation of space to give each area exactly what it needs,” she says. “It really caters to men on the barbershop and caters to women on the salon side.”
Art by a local artist hangs near the styling stations. // Photography: Vanessa Boy
On opposite ends of the entrance area, which offers cozy seating and a coffee shop that serves everything from cappuccinos to small pastries, is the salon and the barbershop. Additionally, there is a color processing area and the Primprose Room, a dry bar, nails, makeup, medi skincare, lashes and events area.
Each has its own vibe, though the entire space has a minimalist style with a West Coast sensibility. “We’re going for this clean, modern, lifestyle feel,” Cameron adds. “The focus is on the artists and the craft.”
Makeup stations in the Primprose Room. // Photography: Vanessa Boy