Friday, April 15, 2016

The Orange Chair Salon Moves to Bedford Crossing

The Orange Chair, which was previously located at 50 Great Road, has relocated to the new Bedford Crossings at 54 Loomis Street in the Depot District. It reopened on April 6th.

I recently spoke with the owner Alex Guelli. The Orange Chair opened in it's original location about 2 years ago. Alex had been looking for a new location and when retail space in Bedford Crossing become available, she jumped at the opportunity.

Most Salons have their styling chairs facing the wall. The Orange Chair has two rows
of chairs separated by two sided suspended mirrors right in the middle of the room.
It's rare you get to build a salon from scratch with new construction. This gave Alex a lot of flexibility in being able to design it exactly as she wanted. Her Father helped with the design.

Alex picked out all the furniture. The design is known as French Industrial and gives the salon a very unique look. According to Alex, her clients seem very happy with the design. In fact several of them have asked Alex to help them with the interior design of their houses.

Brand new shampoo chairs and bowls. With new construction the Salon was able to set up the plumbing exactly as they wanted it.
Alex actually managed to move the salon to the new location without closing. She mentioned it was a lot of work but worth it in the end to ensure she could take care of all her clients. So far her clients seem to love the new space. They feel it's much more open than her original location.

While most of the Salon features all new equipment and furniture, the appointment desk was moved over from the original location.
The Salon focuses on hair and makeup. Her clients are split about 75% Women and 25% Men. In addition to her regular salon services, she also sells Living Proof hair products which where created by two professors from MIT.  The Salon is open from Tuesday to Saturday during the day and stays open until 8 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Salon is expected to have an outdoor sign up in the next month or so.
It's interesting that the new retail spaces built at 54 Loomis were purchased by existing local businesses. This seems to indicate a pent up need for newer retail space for local merchants in Bedford.


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