New Auburn salon offers vineyard view
The Vineyard Salon
Where: 201 Channel Hill Road, Auburn
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Monday by appointment, closed Sunday
Phone: (530) 885-5012
When Debi McReynolds-Cook purchased the former Jay Vanti Salon this summer, she gave it a new name — The Vineyard Salon — and brought in a landscaper.
“When I worked here prior to buying it, I absolutely loved the property,” she said. “I wanted to utilize it. The best thing I could think of was putting in a small vineyard because it would be low maintenance and it ties into the name. People will remember the vineyard and they’ll remember the name of the salon.”
A small stream adds even more ambiance to the 30 or so grapevines now growing along the side and back of the North Auburn business. There’s even a large cork tree.
The building got a makeover, too.
“It looks like a little tasting room in here,” she said. “The eventual goal is to get the vineyard garden to a point where we can do outdoor pedicures and offer an outdoor setting and do some events there.”
The salon has already hosted one event — a four-hour cut-a-thon fundraiser for Andrew Carducci, the high school student who was injured in a car accident on Interstate 80 in September.
McReynolds-Cook describes the color she chose for the building’s exterior as a kind of burnt orange.
“It pops but it is not too bright,” she said. “The greatest joy has been visualizing something and seeing it come together and the excitement of people driving by. We had a bus driver stop her bus in the middle of the road, honk the horn and say, ‘love the color.’”
She is a hair stylist and plans to continue to do that as she runs the salon.
Salon regular Sue Spencer, a Weimar resident, likes the new look.
“It’s lovely,” she said. “The vineyard is very relaxing. I sat on the back porch the last time I was there. It’s beautiful with the stream and the big tree. It’s a very inviting experience. Everyone is really friendly. I love the décor.”
As she fine tunes the décor, McReynolds-Cook is also rebuilding the staff. Salon services include hair styling and color, massage, manicure, pedicure, teeth whitening and skin care.
“We also do bridal packages,” she said.
Shop staff members keep up to date on the latest trends and styles through in-house training and attending shows.
One of the latest trends is keratin treatments.
“It smoothes out the hair,” she said. “It doesn’t last quite as long as the Brazilian blowout, but still does a nice job of smoothing hair.”
There’s also building interest in dry blowouts.
“You can do your own shampoo at home so it is quicker and saves money,” she explained. “You get a style that lasts for days.”
It’s particular popular for clients with long hair and those who want to have their hair done a couple of times a week.
“I have clients who, once the get their hair colored and styled, just want the styling alone,” she said.”
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