Last evening Dawn and I visited David and Melanie (our son and daughter-in-law) at David’s new hair salon in Encino. It is called “Butterfly Loft Salon & Spa” and has a prime location in the Encino Courtyard Shopping Center at 17401 Ventura Boulevard. For those who are unfamiliar with the area, the section of Ventura Boulevard that runs through Encino constitutes the heart of the upscale San Fernando Valley commercial district.
After much planning and pre-opening headaches (extended lease negotiations, accommodating endless governmental rules and regulations, sweating out delivery schedules from Europe and Asia, and a last-minute theft of artwork and appliances), the salon opened as scheduled on November 2, 2010.
David designed the space from floor to ceiling, including furniture and furnishings. It is a large salon (about 3.500 square feet), with 25 stylist stations, two estheticians rooms (facials, waxing), and one cosmetologist station. Dave carried out the “loft” theme by eliminating the usual dropped ceiling and exposing the utility pipes. The butterfly motif is carried out in the signage and in two art works — one created by David (a portion of which is pictured at the right) and the other created specially for the salon by artists in England (see below). Continue reading