In the immortal words of the Friendly Giant: look up; look way up. Otherwise, you might miss checking out Spring Garden's latest salon. A Step Up Hair Design and Day Spa, located at 5982 Spring Garden, makes its home high above street level. It's nestled in the third floor of the building that houses the Dairy Deli. (Don't panic, income-tax enthusiasts—the salon hasn't displaced tax-service provider Tax Express; both businesses are sharing a store space. As salon esthetician and co-cordinator Shelley LeBlonc puts it, "You can get your hair done, your nails done, your taxes done.") The salon opened about a month ago and offers services that fulfill pretty much every beauty need you can think up—from hair cuts and colouring, to massages and body-art application. (Yearning for your own tooth jewel? They've got 'em.) Jillian Harnish, the salon's other co-coordinator, has been a stylist for seven years and has wanted to start her own salon for ages. "What I like about being a stylist is that it's an ever-changing industry—you always are learning...you never have the same day," she says. A Step Up is aiming to provide patrons with a comfortable, personalized experience. For now, Harnish and LeBlonc are the only staff working at the salon, which means beauty-seekers won't have to deal with a revolving line-up of stylists. "You can build a relationship here," says Harnish. And if you're a fan of the TIGI line of hair and beauty products (described by LeBlonc as "funky" and "alternative"), you're in luck—A Step Up will be using TIGI products exclusively. Still not won over? Maybe the salon's affordable prices and 15percent student discount will convince you to give it a whirl. Plus, trekking up the stairs to the salon will help you work those calves. Call the salon at 444-3039.
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