Sunday, September 29, 2013

Colasante Hair Studio Expected to Open in Early October

Colasante Hair Studio at 168 Great Road is now expected to open around October 7th. While the Salon is replacing the Center Hair Stylist barbershop and salon, it's keeping it's old employees. Since the space is undergoing renovation, the previous Center Hair Stylists are temporarily working at Renzo Hair Salon.

I recently spoke with Pino Colasante, one of the owners of Colasante Hair Studio. Pino has been working at Renzo Hair Salon for the past 36 years (Renzo's has been in Bedford for 38 years). Pino saw a need for another Salon in Bedford, something close to the center of town that has more foot traffic and exposure.

The new salon will feature 5 stylist chairs. It will also have high end retail hair products available for sale. Pino indicated he has seen increased demand for Organic products in the past few years.

Pino's expertise is in hair coloring. He does a lot of Ombre style hair coloring, where the roots are darker and gradually gets lighter towards the ends. He also makes uses of a French coloring technique called Balayage where the highlights are painted directly on to the hair instead of the traditional foil. To keep hair in good condition, Pino mentioned he frequently makes use of hair color products with protein and uses extra virgin olive oil to condition the hair and keep the color shiny.

What Pino is most excited about is offering a roots touch up service for people who get their hair colored. According to Pino, most people get their hair cut about every 6 weeks. However after about 3 weeks, some began to notice hair roots show their original color. At this point, most people either get another cut and color (even though they really don't need a hair cut yet) or they choose to buy hair color products from a grocery store and attempt to touch up their roots at home (which can be a challenge to do it correctly). To address this, the Studio will offer a roots touch up service that is faster (about 30-35 minutes) and costs a lot less than a full cut and color.

Pino encourages people to ask him questions about hair. In fact he provides free hair consultations.

The new Salon is expected to be open Monday through Saturday.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bedford Cupcakes Expected to Open on Great Road in October

Bedford Cupcakes is expected to open next month at 119 Great Road, the former location of Cafe Keresa which closed this spring. Along with Cupcakes, the new restaurant is expected to feature other desserts such as Tiramisu.

Bedford Cupcakes got started about 2 years ago as Custom Cupcakes when they starting providing custom  cupcakes catering out of the Pizza Express  restaurant on 65 Loomis Street. Along with the catering, they provided cupcakes to sell in the restaurant. The business which is run by the daughter-in-law of the owners of Pizza Express, changed it's name to Cupcake Express Bedford earlier this year and will become Bedford Cupcakes when it opens in October..

Stay tuned for more details.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Salon Alfonse Hair Salon Has Closed - Alfonse Now at Salon Reyna

Salon Alfonse which was located at 50 Great Road has closed. The Salon which opened in 1992, had moved to it's current location in 2008. In recent years, the Salon had gradually cut back on it's hours.

Alfonse Robles who was the owner of Salon Alfonse, is now working at Salon Reyna in Chelmsford.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sparta Restaurant Location Becoming Available For Lease

The space currently used by The Sparta Restaurant located in the Great Road Shopping Center at 337 Great Road appears to be available for lease. According to Conviser Property Group (property manager for the shopping center), the 1200 square foot space will become available for lease in Q4 of this year.

Stay tuned for more details.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pino Colasane Hair Studio Set to Open Next Week

Pino Colasane Hair Studio at 168 Great Road in the Bedford Marketplace shopping center is set to open on Monday September 16th. The new hair salon, replaces the Center Hair Stylist that closed on August 31st after 35 years in business. Pino Colasane was previously with Renzo Hair Salon at 428 Great Road in Bedford. Stay tuned for more details.