Community ServiceFebruary 1, 2009 By: Lotus Abrams American Salon
Salon 1800, a Redken Club 5th Avenue Salon, has served Chicagoans for 18 successful years, with locations in the Lincoln Park and Old Town neighborhoods. Now the Lincoln Park location has relocated to a new 9,000-square-foot freestanding storefront. "Although the old space was charming, we yearned for something fresh and new," says Helene Gelman, founder and president of Salon 1800. "And since we had already expanded into the spaces adjacent to us—both above and next door—there was nowhere left to go." Gelman describes the interior theme as "urban-fresh," with a color palette of warm purple and neutral beige tones and a high loft ceiling. "One of my favorite features of the new salon is that all of the stylists are able to work together on one open floor, which is very different from the old space," she says. Color services are particularly popular with Salon 1800's clients—predominantly female professionals—as are Redken Chemistry and Keratin Straightening treatments. So what's next for the growing salon? "In 2009 we hope to expand beyond the neighbors and bring in new clients with fun, creative workshops where they can learn from our stylist pros." —L.A.