In an economic time when businesses are closing up shop, Tribeca Salon has opened its doors a little wider to the Sanibel Island community and visitors.
Earlier this year, the unisex salon expanded its space within The Village Shops shopping plaza. It has since added two new members to its team: Deb Gaborio, originally from E. Wareham, Mass., with nearly 15 years experience in the industry, and Ashley Noel, hailing from Indiana, who offers clients natural nail care and manicures.
With the new additions, Tribeca Salon provides precision hair cuts to men and women, expert hair coloring, manicures and two pedicure stations, which are complete with massage chairs, all under one roof and in a comfortable atmosphere.
Christina Struckmeyer, a Tribeca Salon customer
"I find it peaceful in this friendly, family business," said Christina Struckmeyer, a loyal Tribeca customer who splits her time between the island and Miami. "I saw my friend's hair after she had it done (at Tribeca) and after my first visit I stopped using my Miami hair dresser."
Salon owner Domizio Melchiorre has found that despite being located on an island known for its seasonal influx of tourists and part-time residents, Tribeca's prices for their services are competitive with off-island hair stylists and nail technicians. A man's haircut is $20; a woman's cut-and-style including a wash is $55; a manicure is $15; and pedicures run $40 and up. Pamper yourself with a spa mani and pedi including moisturizing leg massage and chair massage for a special price of $50.
"We have filled the void of a true 'community' hair salon when we came here," Melchiorre said. "And when season ends, we'll still be here."
Melchiorre, who is a master colorist and trained in Sassoon hair cutting techniques, hopes that together island businesses can build the local economy and sustain themselves separately from off-island businesses. In addition to Mechiorre's talents behind the chair, his son Nick specializes in women and men's precision hair cuts at the full-service salon.
Tribeca opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday and accepts walk-ins. If you find yourself working late, but still need a salon service, Tribeca is open late on Thursdays or you can make a late appointment.
"I have always found Domizio to be accommodating," said Struckmeyer. "And I always leave feeling pampered."
Tribeca is located in The Village Shops, at 2340 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel. To schedule an appointment or for more information about the salon services, call 395-3800.