A classic beauty shop with a twist
A new business is making a return to the classic beauty shop.
Kris Halseth recently opened Salon 755 at the Tamarack Hills complex with hopes to take customers back to the day when salons were a daylong destination.
"We don't like fast hair, we want to do quality hair," the licensed cosmetologist said.
With seven chairs, a massage room and the ambience of an updated beauty parlor, Salon 755 provides services ranging from kids' haircuts to facials and complex treatments.
The building, which formerly housed a completely different business selling wine and cheese, was made over with various shades of apricot, providing a soothing atmosphere.
"We made over the building and we're offering makeovers too," Halseth said.
But she explained the salon is not a spa, though it provides high-end care.
Four employees and three independent stylists are manning the seven chairs at Salon 755, which will have a grand opening celebration June 22 with giveaways and a free conditioning treatment.
Halseth is also offering a $40 make-up application with a pair of eyelashes and a haircut through the end of August, for the ladies who would like a makeover before a special night out.
With neighboring restaurants, businesses and boutiques, Halseth is hoping the traffic flow will be steady. Walk-in customers will sign in and later receive a text message notifying them when their stylist is ready if they're out shopping or running errands, rather than sitting and waiting.
The salon is also offering classic facials and the hair smoothing treatment dubbed a "Brazilian Blowout."
Halseth said most of the products her salon uses are organic and green that are manufactured close to home.
"What's interesting about our products is they're made in Minneapolis and St. Paul," she added.
Though Halseth called Salon 755's services affordable, some are not the cheapest either.
"For people that are more adventurous, we're going to be bringing the Framesi straight from Italy," she said of the color treatment.
But the true emphasis will be on the feel of being in a classic beauty parlor, where ladies once walked in, sat under the dryers with roller in their hair and got their nails done.
"This is what our grandmas did," she said.
Halseth and her husband Dave Kleingartner owned retail pharmacies for years, she said, before deciding to open a salon in Woodbury three years ago.
"This is our home turf, we grew up here," she said, adding that the salon is now a "dream come true."