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Salon name recalls affable friend

By SHARON GINN, Times Correspondent
Published November 30, 2007


FAIR OAKS/MANHATTAN MANOR - Kathy Morando had planned to call her new salon Bonaventure, but when good friend and talented stylist James Sadler died suddenly at age 37 last year, she was compelled to find a way to honor his memory.

"Every time somebody walked in, he greeted them with 'Hello, beautiful,' or 'Hey, beautiful,'" Morando said. "He was a pal to me and I just wanted to do something in his remembrance."

Morando, a former co-owner of Tribeca Color Salon on Kennedy Boulevard, is scheduled to open the Hello Beautiful Colour Salon and Art Spa at 4532 S Dale Mabry next week. The salon will be in a 2,500-square-foot space in the newly constructed Dale Mabry Crossings building.

Morando said Sadler had been a big supporter of her plans for the salon, which were three years in the making. The popular Tribeca stylist died in his sleep July 30, 2006, after competing in a statewide karaoke contest. Morando said the cause was later determined to be a blood clot to his heart.

"When he died, we just lost a lot at the salon," she said. "His personality was so big, and he was just so fun to be around."

The "art" in the salon's name is partly a reference to Sadler and Morando's shared passion for art, but Morando said it also explains her mission.

"Your hair, skin and nails are our canvas, we're painting them to focus on the beauty you already have," Morando said.

Hello Beautiful, next to the Navy Federal Credit Union, will be a full-service salon with color, cut and nail services, facials, massage, and both sunless and UV tanning. Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9:30 to 9 Thursday, 7 to 7 Friday and 9:30 to 5 Saturday.

Tiny trendy togs

After working for a year at Hyde Park Village's pet accessories shop Downtown Dogs, Cristi McGann decided she wanted her own business dressing little creatures - except McGann chose the two-legged kind.

McGann's new children's clothing shop, Precious Cargo, opened two weeks ago next door to Downtown Dogs in a space formerly occupied by women's retailer BCBG. McGann, 26, said she is a longtime volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and decided to combine her affection for children with what she has learned in the retail business.

"I've always worked with kids in some capacity, and I love fashion," she said.

McGann said her 1,000-square-foot store has clothing and gifts for newborns to size 8. Precious Cargo's brands include message T-shirts and onesies from Childish, Oooh La La Mama and B Squared, gifts and clothing by Elegant Baby, crib shoes by Robeez and Trumpette socks.

Holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 to 6 on Sunday.

Get your tan on

To Terry Blachek, a luxurious tan shouldn't have to come from an indulgent week at the beach. That's why he and his partners opened the Hyde Park Tan Lounge two weeks ago at 204 S Howard Ave.

Blachek said he saw a need for more tanning services in the neighborhood after Raydiance Tanning, a block south on Howard, closed several months ago. But Blachek wanted to create "a more upscale tanning experience," featuring what he calls the newest tanning technology.

The Hyde Park Tan Lounge offers both spray and bed tanning, and a "hydration station" skin moisturizing system.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 to 6 Saturday and Sunday.

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Amy Scherzer


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