Big Fish, Small PondMay 1, 2008 By: Nicole Palmieri American Salon
In every small town across America, there's at least one salon that raises the bar for everyone else. Saratoga Springs, NY, (population 26,187) has Philippe Bevan International Salon.
Located in Upstate New York, Saratoga Springs is well-known for its mineral springs and the Saratoga Race Course, which attracts many visitors, especially during the summer months. When the locals and out-of-towners need a break from horse racing, they visit Philippe Bevan International Salon.
CLOCKWISE, FROM TOP: The reception area displays Kérastase products that are available for purchase; clients can enjoy espresso in the waiting area; the salon has an antique South of France-inspired decor; the entire salon, including the walls and vintage furniture, features a signature shade of blue.
When world-champion hairstylist Philippe Bevan opened his 1,500-square-foot namesake salon in 2006, he wanted it to be a place that resembled a castle in the South of France. The entire salon is done up in a shade of blue (hence its nickname, "The Blue Salon"). Even the refurbished antique furniture is blue. "I tried to bring a little aspect of France to the salon," Bevan says. "I wanted it to be a comfortable place where clients could rest and feel good."
Locals, as well as residents of New York City and Canada, are attracted to the salon because of its fashion-forward hair services and knowledgeable stylists, all of whom are trained by Bevan. Even though Bevan owns the salon, he still sees his share of clients and constantly checks on his stylists to make sure they are doing a top-notch job. He is also available for client consultations. "Every client, even those who are returning to us, receives a consultation," Bevan says. "It helps the client better understand the service they are about to receive."
In addition to its reputation for great hair services, Philippe Bevan is also known for giving back to the community and participating in charity fundraisers. Such events include the Beauty Bowl, held close to Super Bowl Sunday, when clients could come in and receive a hair, makeup and wardrobe consultation. Proceeds from the event were donated to an organization that helps victims of domestic violence. "Every time there is an event in town, we do our best to be a part of it," Bevan says. "We are just trying to bring upscale to Upstate."
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