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Salon and spa services at the new Tease Studio are a sweet treat

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Remember the TV show Cheers, where regulars, neighbors and newcomers stopped in and had a lively discussion, bonded and felt at home? That’s the type of familiarity you’ll find at Tease Studio, which opened in April 2016 at 113 North Center (in the building behind Simply Wine and the Haven).

Tiny in size, Tease feels like a big city salon. In place of beer served from the Cheers bar, you’ll find their stash of sweets and goodies nestled next to the coffee service. It’s a social outing for customers of all ages and staff, who regard each other as family.

The hair salon and spa is owned by Donna Stante, a 37-year veteran of beauty salons and a Northville resident. She owned the award-winning Secretz salon in Westland and worked at three other salons in western Wayne County before opening Tease Studio. Her clientele alone is enough to keep the shop clipping along, yet stylist Nancy Rakipi, who sold her the shop (formerly named “Salon North”) has stayed on. Donna is looking for a third stylist.

The salon is open Tuesday through Friday. It offers a full range of services, from haircuts and color to perms and up-dos, as well as facials and nail services.

There’s a curtained room next to the foyer where Irena Williams, an experienced esthetician, provides European-style facials, complete with a soothing head, neck and shoulder massage. The nail stylist is Nancy’s daughter, Aferdita Rakipi. Diane Trammal greets customers and schedules appointments. Roz Bekiri, a licensed stylist, assists Donna with up to 25 customers a day.

Tease Studio sells specialty products that Donna attests to. These include Tensage® by Biopelle, which diminishes age lines; Davines, an Italian hair care line; Zenagen for hair loss; Pai Shau, hair care products, and Aerogel hair spray. A glass top display table showcases sparkling touchstone crystal jewelry by Swarovski. It’s a one-stop shop for getting products and services that accentuate beauty. Men are also welcome.

The salon is technically advanced, with new appointment scheduling software and a Sonos stereo system.

Clients come from throughout southeastern Michigan and Canada. “It’s so much fun, I never want to leave. Everybody is happy here,” said Josie Norcia, a client for eight years who has become a close friend to Donna.

Donna seconds that comment. “Some people just come by to visit. It’s like a nice living room atmosphere.”

The diminutive salon is maximized by a functional, chic layout. Donna remodeled the stylist stations by customizing cabinets purchased from Haven. A wall of matching shelves will be added behind the hair basins to hold product lines.

“It’s a reflection of me,” said Donna. Creating a space that matches her vision for the salon, and having employees and guests interact well in that space as it becomes profitable and provides a source of income for employees are measures of success. “I don’t feel like it’s my salon,” said Donna. “I feel like it’s our salon” – giving a nod to the women who work there.

Customer-focused service soars to new heights at Tease. The women will go out to the parking lot and help older customers in. They make birthday cakes for employees and longtime
customers. Rocky, a daisy dog owned by Cheryl and Tony Nestro of Tutto (upstairs from the salon), often visits. Customers like to hold him on their lap since he brings added serenity.

Donna enjoys giving back to the community. She is chair of the 25th annual gala for St. Mary’s Hospital that will take place Oct. 13, 2017. For that event, she will line up donations, supporters and vendors. Her shop will do hair and makeup for many of the guests.

For appointments or to find out more about the salon’s services and products, call 248-305-9505.



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