November 19, 2015 |
First in an occasional series documenting André Baldini's transformation over the next two years. The moment André Baldini swiveled around in the chair, faced the mirror, and witnessed the mousy brown hair land coquettishly over one eye, it seemed the time was right to - finally - face the world as a woman. It's not that Baldini, who has since decided to use the pronoun she , is completely satisfied with the look that's been cultivated since deciding to transition three months ago. Her face is still mannish.
October 23, 2015 |
Once a week in the name of poetry, Hila Ratzabi opens her living room to strangers. They lounge, snug on the red wraparound sofa in her West Philadelphia home, and discuss, over wine and homemade vegetarian food, how to become better poets. Ratzabi, 34, is their teacher. A poet and freelance editor, Ratzabi has held the biannual Red Sofa Salon and Poetry Workshop in her living room since 2013. This fall, a small group gathers in her home on Sundays from noon to 2:30 p.m. to read and discuss published poetry, participate in writing exercises, and critique one another's work.
July 28, 2015 |
LAST WEDNESDAY, Hien Bui was angry and tense. She was puzzled why the city and the Philadelphia Housing Authority would want to shut down the North Philadelphia nail salon her mother started nearly 23 years ago and put another business in its place. "I couldn't sleep last night," Bui said Thursday, the day after she got a letter from the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority telling her that PHA planned to seize her business under eminent domain. Bui said she's been running Ann's Nails, on Ridge Avenue near 23rd Street, for 18 years.
July 5, 2015 |
Carl Adams, 49, of Southwest Philadelphia, has been homeless for much of the past year, since he was released from prison. "When I got out, family and friends were gone," Adams said. Despite lacking a home and family, Adams got an important boost last week: a makeover from a traveling salon that provides free hair washes, cuts, color, and styling. In preparation for a meeting with a lawyer, Adams got a beard trim and a haircut in a blue-and-white trailer in the parking lot of the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, on 13th Street north of Vine Street.
April 21, 2015 |
More off-putting than dark roots, unkempt cuticles, and a face in need of a good peel was the condition of the Biaggio Salon & Spa in Marlton when it wound up in court-appointed receivership in 2007. Checks to employees and vendors were bouncing, the landlord had begun eviction proceedings, and the company owned by Thomas J. Fabiani and his son Thomas M. was $1 million in debt. "Biaggio had such a dark cloud over it," recalled Kim Carulillo, who at the time was working the salon's front desk after a 12-year career as a paralegal left her wanting a more people-oriented job. Eight years later, a makeover of enormous proportions has turned a high-glamour business on the brink of failure into what industry players say is one of South Jersey's busiest salons.
March 25, 2015 |
In the eight months since Pennsylvania's indoor tanning law took effect, the state health department has sent letters informing nearly 2,800 facilities that they must register, pay annual fees, and comply with new rules designed to protect consumers, especially teens. So far, only 133 facilities, less than 5 percent, have signed up. That may not be surprising, since the state won't start annual inspections and enforcement until next year. But two medical groups that lobbied for the law are calling attention to the apparent recalcitrance.
March 16, 2015 |
A 25-YEAR-OLD woman was raped at the Montgomery Township tanning salon where she worked in late February, according to police. The victim was at the salon, the name of which the Daily News is withholding to protect her identity, when Marshall Gibson, 19, entered and asked to use the bathroom around 8:45 p.m. Feb. 25, according to police. He was given permission to use the restroom after which, he and the victim entered one of the tanning rooms together, police said. While in the room, Gibson made unwanted sexual advances toward the woman and then pulled out a knife, placed it to her throat and threatened to hurt her if she did not comply with his demands, according to the arrest affidavit.
January 15, 2015
A photo caption in some editions Tuesday with a column about a salon in South Jersey wrongly identified a participant. Karen Holloway, left, is a sales and marketing manager. Briget O'Leary, right, is an associate English professor.
December 18, 2014 |
Rihanna. Kate Hudson. Michelle Obama. All of these women have had their hair styled at one of the three Paul Labrecque New York locations. But while names like these would bring an undisputed level of swank to any beauty establishment, they don't single-handedly keep the salons' keratin treatments straightening, balayage processes coloring, or scissors trimming. That's why a team at the three-month-old, $5 million Hair by Paul Labrecque salon in the newly renovated Rittenhouse hotel is focused on building a book of Philadelphia A-listers.
April 29, 2014 |
Nick Berardi's hair salon is seven blocks and a world away from the homeless shelter in a church basement on Broad Street, just a block north of City Hall. Every week, Berardi and his stylists handle more than 400 customers. Clients pay top dollar for cuts or color, with an average bill of $100. For Clarence Briscoe, 71, home is a cot at the Arch Street United Methodist Church. He'd still have an apartment in Northeast Philadelphia if he had not lost a $200-a-month rent subsidy.