Dannemora The Retreat Salon and Spa in Dannemora has been open for only three months, but owner Christa Baker is already planning to expand.
The full-service salon offers haircuts and color for both men and women, perms, manicures and pedicures, waxing, and now features airbrush makeup.
“The airbrush makeup is definitely something new for the area,” Baker said. “The closest place for that is New York City, and that’s something I do here.”
Living in Dannemora, Baker saw that the nearest local salons were all in Plattsburgh, where she has worked for the past three years.
“There’s nothing out here in this location. There is one other salon and she just has tanning and stuff, but there’s no one doing manicures and pedicures or any of that. I just wanted something out here for local people. Keep it all local,” she said.
Keeping the feel homey and personal, and not crowded and gossipy, is important for Baker. Her goal, she says, is to keep a nice, small town feel to her business.
Baker specializes in weddings, proms, and special events, and will travel to client’s homes for weddings and special events for both hair and makeup.
“I have access to a lot of stylists out there, and I come back here for Christa to do my hair. She’s fabulous,” said client Kerri Sanders, as Baker painstakingly frosted the tips of her hair.
Baker already has plans for expanding. She would eventually like to do runway shows, as well as skincare and makeup classes. Education, she says, is huge in the field.
“You’ve got to stay current.”
She runs different specials each month, and is planning a back to school special in September.
In fact business at The Retreat Salon and Spa has been so brisk that Baker is planning on adding two more stylists. She urges interested stylists to stop in and meet her to apply, rather than calling.
“I’d like to find someone as motivated and dedicated to the craft as me. I want to be the best in the area,” she said.
Located in the former Dannemora railroad station, Baker, her husband Brian, parents Wes and Sherry Facto spent two months refurbishing the building prior to its opening. The easy to find landmark building is located at 121 Emmons Street. Christa can be reached at 492-3131, or through Facebook at KissandMakeUp828.