Beacon's Beauty Guide: Your Source For Hair, Nails, Massage, Beautification, and Gyms

Beacon has a growing number of beauty salons and professional pampering to take advantage of - you can even book a transforming appointment at a lash bar! Be it a totally new hair style, or a facial, you have options in Beacon. Plus, one of the most enjoyable gifts you can give to someone is a gift certificate. So we have included links to where you can buy a gift certificate from any of these fine services that offers one.

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Giannetta Salon & Spa
1158 North Ave (RT 9D)
(845) 831-2421
Pretty much, this salon is one of Beacon's first brightly lit establishments that commuters see when departing the train, either by foot or driving up the hill after the light on 9D from the train station. Giannetta's is open late, so you'll often see people getting styled. From blow-outs to highlights, Giannetta offers a full service salon and spa experience that cuts men, women and children's hair.  Along with regular cuts, style and blow-outs, they offer Keratin and Hair Chalk treatment. As for products sold in the salon, they are definitely gift-certificate-worthy. Giannetta Salon sells the Kerastase line of shampoos, conditioners and style products. Kerastase shampoo is the richest lather you'll ever experience, and your hair will look amazing.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate online.
Tues–Thurs: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am–9pm
Closed Mondays

Magpie Studio
2 Tioranda Avenue
(845) 202-7072
Because you're a bad-ass, or are about to let your inner-bad-ass out, Magpie Studio is the salon for you. Founded by Kendra, a local barista/mountain bike riding champion, Magpie is a cute little salon around the corner from the Howland Cultural Center. Get the inside scoop about this laid-back, creative hair studio, and how it's "rooted" in brightly colored hair (think pink, yellow, blue) and edgy cuts and styles. You can book an appointment or call to inquire about gift certificates.

Hair Haven
612 Route 52
(914) 503-6600
Gail Formichelli offers colors and cuts, flat ironing, blow-outs, updos, and more.
HOURS: Call First.

Salon Arje
532 Main St
(845) 831-4426
Salon Arje is a dependable salon for getting just the right kind of artistic cut, classic blow-out or evening hair style. Offering specialty treatments like Restructuring Treatment, Japanese straightening, and many more services, women and men will find what they need here.
HOURS: Call First

The Greenroom Beauty Lounge
544 Main St
(845) 440-6653
Passionate about hair, style and making you feel gorgeous, sexy and bold, this team of independent stylists work together to bring out the best in everyone's hair. From lashes extensions to hair extensions, The Greenroom Beauty Lounge can enhance what you need. Book with the infamous Josh for a signature experience, but you will be happy under anyone's scissors. As for the line of products found in The Greenroom, they were the first to carry the Moroccan oils long before anyone else was, and before other shampoo brands were including it in their ingredients. A must-have is the Moroccan oil and the Intense Hydrating Mask, as recommended in our recipe for dry hair for new moms.
Tues: 10am-5pm
Wed: 10am-8pm
Thurs: 10am-5pm
Fri: 10am-8pm
Sat: 9am-4pm

Closed Mondays

Stephen Amendola Salon and Spa
1855 Route 52
Hopewell Junction NY
(845) 896-8900
One of the editors here at A Little Beacon Blog dedicates her hair to this salon, so it must be in the lineup. A full service salon and spa for men and women, and ask for Emily for a haircut!
Tues-Thurs: 9am-6pm
Fri: 9am-7pm
Sat: 8:30am-4pm

Shekinah Styles Barbershop
265 Main Street
(845) 831-1947
Providing quality haircuts for men at affordable prices since 1991. 22+ years on Main St. In Beacon! A wonderful environment for the entire family.
HOURS: Call First

Abscission Barber Lounge
498 Main Street
(845) 765-1949
For all the dudes out there who need their mountain-man beards trimmed or are looking to get a little hair design.

Giannetta Salon & Spa
1158 North Ave (RT 9D)
(845) 831-2421
This is the salon treatment of a manicure or pedicure and the pampering that surrounds it. Giannetta's is a nice idea for parties who would like to go in groups while some people are in a massage, getting and updo, or sitting in the pedicure chair.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate online.
Tues–Thurs: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am–9pm
Closed Mondays

Sexy Nails
325 Main Street
(845) 838-9004
Sexy Nails is where you're going to go for sexy #nailart you can add your Instagram stream. Serving up all of the usual professional nail services like manis, pedis, acrylic and gel sculpted nails, Sexy Nails also offers permanent makeup. Think eyeliner and brows every day with minimal effort and maximum beauty.
Love Nails
982 Main Street
Fishkill, NY
(845) 896-4384
A fixture in the CVS Plaza, this is an easy place to escape to on a Saturday for a long pedicure followed by a 10 or 15 minute chair massage. A Little Beacon Blog has blogged about them before. Can accommodate large parties.

Giannetta Salon & Spa
1158 North Ave (RT 9D)
(845) 831-2421
Massage services include hot stone, deep tissue, aromatherapy, facial massages and more. You can also find packages combined with other salon services. They even have a special Men's Facial on the menu.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate online.
Tues–Thurs: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am–9pm
Closed Mondays

Beacon Healing Massage 
145 Main Street
(914) 760-2725
Christine Seymour uses a combination of Swedish and deep tissue techniques and uses gentle heat and therapeutic grade essential oils in every massage. Gift certificates can be personalized and sent via email directly to recipient.
HOURS: Call or email to make an appointment, go online to learn about her practice and rates, or inquire about gift certificates.

Sacred Space Healing Arts
436 Main Street
(845) 742-8494
Not just a place to relax, Donna Brickwood’s massage practice has focused in working with people dealing with a multitude of different health conditions including pain management.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to purchase a Gift Certificate online.

Email, Text, Call or Book Online To Book A Massage:

(845) 379-1956
Click to book online  
Karen Meyer, LTM, owner of River Therapeutic Massage, is known for freeing her clients from pain due to postural issues, and for using her gift of touch as a healing therapy. Enjoy several options of massage, including hot stone, and even a facial massage in the warmly lit studio where you will be surrounded by aromatherapy candles and lighting. River Therapeutic Massage does book in-office visits if your business is looking to add happiness options for employees.
PS: It's a coincidence that River Therapeutic Massage is located in the same building as the hair salon, Karen's Place on Route 52 - two different Karens! You will enter River Therapeutic Massage through the tranquil courtyard entrance in the back.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to purchase a Gift Certificate online
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Terra Firma Massage
(914) 227-5027
Angelique Devlin, LMT approaches massage therapy by blending techniques from a variety of modalities including: Swedish, Hydrotherapy, Craniosacral, Shiatsu, Sports, Medical, Deep Tissue, Connective Tissue Therapy, Neuromuscular Therapy & Reflexology. Plus she does house calls!
HOURS: By appointment- book online here.

Giannetta Salon & Spa
1158 North Ave (RT 9D)
(845) 831-2421
There are so many beautification goodies on this menu, we can't possibly list them all. But they range from waxing to spray tanning to lash extensions to ear candling.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate online.
Tues–Thurs: 9am-8pm
Fri: 9am–9pm
Closed Mondays

Honorable Ink Tattoos & Body Piercings
215 Main Street
(845) 831-0451
If you were looking to decorate your body with colorful art or piercings, this tattoo parlor is the place to do it.
Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm-9pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm

Society of Lash
144 Fishkill Ave
(845) 765-2899
This newly-opened Certified Lash Extension Studio will ramp up your eyelash game with their lash extensions and make sure your brows are on point with their eyebrow waxing. Call for an appointment or to inquire about gift certificates.
By Appointment Only on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturdays

Magpie Studio
2 Tioranda Avenue
(845) 202-7072
Does your brow color bother you and you want an authentic looking dye job? Magpie Studio is the place to go, along with other Beautification items on their menu. You can book an appointment or call to inquire about gift certificates.

The Blushery 
528 Main St
(845) 765-2223
The Blushery is a boutique and beauty bar offering spa and skincare services, makeup application for weddings and special events, and a brow bar. Walk-ins welcome, or call to inquire about appointments and gift certificates.
Wednesday-Saturday: 11pm-7pm
Sunday 11pm-3pm

4 South Chestnut Street
(917) 922 4517
Located in the heart of Beacon, Shambhala Yoga Center is comprised of great teachers, several of whom are rooted in dance, all of whom are passionate about yoga and its many forms and benefits it gives to the body. You'll find yoga classes for beginners, strengthening, elegant movement, and more. Check Shambala's schedule for times and types of yoga classes.

464 Main Street
A donation-based yoga center dedicated to the development of personal yoga and meditation that has partnered up with Center 4 Creative Education. Includes drum meditation and dance classes, as well as salsa and line dancing! Check the Beacon schedule to see what fits your fancy.

181 Main Street, 2nd Floor 
Beacon Pilates is focused on your core, and the first step in that is to evaluate your body. They offer sessions to do just that before placing you into classes. You can also find a Beacon Pilates outpost at All Sport, in addition to their Beacon location conveniently located on Main Street.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate.

387 Main Street
Locomotive Crossfit is an intense gym for people who like to move - a lot. Their programming is based on classes that work with equipment that was designed to function as an extension of the body to use the body's own strength. Classes include mobility training, gymnastics, Olympic weight lifting, nutrition coaching, and more.
HOURS: Vary by class schedule.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate.

490 Main Street
Hudson Valley Fitness is your source for their famous Boot Camp, but also for your personal trainer experience. You can go to their studio or have an in-home experience. For those working on their golf games, Hudson Valley Fitness has a specialty class for golf conditioning. A gift certificate here could be a very good gift to the hard-to-buy-for father or grandfather on your list.
HOURS: Vary by class schedule.

Wellness professionals chosen based on their coaching in
the areas of food and ways of living.

You may have seen or read her book, Essential Nourishment, or you may have taken one of her many classes that teach the ways of finding nourishment in forbidden foods like cupcake frosting. From workshops that get you eating right without dieting to wellness retreats to her farm in Estonia, a gift certificate here could be a game-changer.

Jennifer Clair created Home Cooking New York (HCNY) in May 2002 after years of writing cookbooks, recipes, and a Food Editorial position at Martha Stewart Living. The opportunity to come together with eager culinary students in a kitchen classroom seemed like the next logical step. HCNY’s classes are taught out of Homespun @ Home on 259 Main Street in Beacon. Classes range from basic cooking techniques (Six Basic Cooking Techniques, 20 Minute Meals) to cuisine-focused favorites (Understanding Thai Food, French Bistro). Each 2 ½ hour class is centered around the preparation of a complete meal and culminates in a full sit-down dinner to enjoy in the intimacy of your home or surrounded by your fellow students.
INSTANT GIFT CERTIFICATE: Click here to buy a gift certificate.

A wellness coach with a triple-threat to your happiness and weight loss management, Gina specializes in food and nutrition coaching, lifestyle guidance, and personal fitness training. Gina came into nutrition and yoga to deal with an auto-immune disease that happened to her, and found it more satisfactory than medication. She also specializes in helping moms figure out how to get back on track with fitness, lose the "mummy-tummy", and stay healthy and happy.

Ashley Lederer is a dietitian and food policy consultant with expertise in chronic disease management, healthy food program and policy development, research and evaluation. Ashley was formerly a Senior Adviser within the New York City Health Department’s Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, where she worked on innovative policies and programs to improve access to healthy foods. She played a key role in the development of groundbreaking nutrition standards implemented in 12 New York City public agencies, impacting over 260 million meals and snacks served each year.
Services for Eating Well

Beacon's Shoe Cobbler - John's Shoe Repair - Can Fix Your Leather Boots and Bags

Diesel black slouchy boots with buckle.
John's Shoe Repair replaced the soft sole.
Boots are special. Boots are in your closet for a long time. They develop personality. And when boots develop holes in the soles, you get sad. You need a shoe cobbler, but shoe cobblers are a dying breed. Except in 2009 when the Wall Street Journal did a story on how shoe cobblers were on the rise because people were getting their shoes resoled during the Recession instead of buying new shoes. This resurgence of the shoe cobbler may not have been long-lasting, but the spotlight on a trade like shoe cobblering was appreciated. Then in 2010, the same Wall Street Journal reporter did an article on online shoe cobblers. She shipped worn out shoes to four different shoe repair shops, and got resoled shoes back in the mail.

Well folks, we have a local shoe cobbler right here in Beacon on Main Street - John's Shoe Repair. John's Shoe Repair will certainly bring your shoe back to life. And they may even secure your denim or leather bag straps, if your own sewing machine cannot handle such heavy fabric. You have probably seen the shoe cobbler on Main Street. They are right next to Zora Dora's or the winter pop-up shop version, Cherry Bomb. I have had several shoes and a bag fixed by them, and have been pleased each time. In fact, if I wasn't pleased, I feel certain that I could bring the item back for repair. Even though boots are very important to me, what is more important at times is a secure purse. I bought a designer denim purse that actually slipped out of its buckle every time I carried it, causing it to slip off my shoulder. Solution? Shoe Cobbler John stitched the straps permanently in place, and it currently serves as my gym bag.

A little tip when using John's Shoe Cobbler: be very precise with what you want. If you want stitching done on a purse strap, for instance, and you know that a certain color thread would look best, then tell them to use that color thread. If you need an elastic loop replaced on a shoe to secure a button, request a color that was the previous color or close to it. Seems obvious, but sometimes repair shops are focused on fixes, not fashion. :)

Imitation Frye Boots. Got 'em at DSW in NYC years ago.
Beacon's Shoe Cobbler has replaced the soles and fixed.

Denim slouchy bag. Beacon Shoe Cobbler stitched the purse
strap and handles in place.

John's Shoe Repair is at 209 Main Street, Beacon.

Where's Kendra, My Favorite Barista? She Opened Magpie Studio, Her Hair Salon!

Kendra's specialty is vivid hair color and an edgy cut.

Regulars at Bank Square Coffee Shop know where their favorite barista disappeared to. When she wasn't serving up your favorite cup of coffee, or winning competitions in mountain biking, Kendra was cutting hair in her apartment above the coffee shop. But now...

Magpie Studio's waiting room for hair cuts and color.
Kendra is the proud owner of Magpie Studio, the most rad hair and beauty salon in Beacon. Why "rad"? Because Kentra's specialty is color. Not just any color, but serious color pallets for hair that you would normally find in a nail bar, she will paint in your hair. And that's not all. Blowouts, keratin smoothing treatments, waxing, brow shaping, and more.

Look for Magpie Studio's green front door around the corner
from the Howland Cultural Center.

And because your daughter has been asking for pink highlights, Kendra is also known for her way with kids, where kids haircuts are listed as a service for $20 (but "$300 if they won't hold still"). If you need "vivid shades or double process blonde", an appointment at Magpie Studio with Kendra is a few clicks away.

Pick up a services sheet and enjoy the art.

Find Magpie Studio at:
2 Tioranda Avenue
(near the swoop by Beacon Bagel, across from the Howland Cultural Center)
Beacon, NY
Congrats on this dream come true, Kendra!

Big Sale at Mountain Tops on Clothes, Shoes, Kayaks

I'm a sale junkie.

So when I see a sidewalk sign that says 30-50% off, I take a hard turn to the right and go into that store. Then I become that person in the early Chase commercials when they were advertising their app to make it easy for you to check your balance, and I check my balance to see how creative I can be with a sale at a store I love.

Mountain Tops is having such a sale, but watch out, because the brands you love like Prana are at your fingertips in these last days of summer. But Fall clothing is also coming in on the racks, so you'll see all kinds of must-have sweatpant-style dresses that will make your entrance into Fall that much easier.

These purple shoes pictured here are Keens and are perfect for outdoor parties where you want to wear a cute shoe without the heel or wedge. And yes, select styles are on sale, and yes, this is a picture of my feet returning for a second pair in another color. I don't think I've ever done that before.

The rumors are true, there is a sale on kayaks, so if you were itching to own your first kayak, or upgrade what you have, now might be a good time...

Must...Haves...Nella Bellas Boutique is Filled With Goodies!

Fall fashion is blowing into town...and you'll find several little must- have items in Nella Bellas Boutique. If you haven't already stopped in, it's a little boutique in the West End of Main Street that has quietly built a devoted following of shoppers who step in for an easy but super cute dress for work or play, or a piece of statement jewelry or a piece for everyday.

You'll see clothing lines similar to those found in Anthropology, yet for very friendly prices. Need a big plastic circle earring for $15? Or this giant silver leaf ring that dresses up a simple jeans and black t-shirt outfit? Done for $30.

And if you plan to shop for a while, your compadre can lounge in this comfy couch while you try on!

Rainy Days Need Tulip Headbands from Phea Jean

Rain rain...I'm glad you're here, but geeez, don't you make for a dreary day! What's my motto for a dreary day? Especially if you work from a home office and need to have your game-brain on to kick butt with good ideas?

"Looking good is feeling good."

This tulip headband is from the adorable shop on the East End of Main Street, The Tailored Mermaid when I stumbled down its rabbit hole a few weeks ago. It's designed by one of the designers they carry, phea jean.

What else is an outfit pick-me-up? A glossy green plastic cuff bracelet and Jag jeans from Echo, and a green pair of pumps from Aerosoles because they have a peep toe and are sooo comfortable. But, I need to get me some shoes from Lauren and Riley, also on the East End, because she has a collection that Betsy Johnson would swoon for!

Coconut Oil + Moroccan Oil Saves Dry Hair

My hair is a little schitzo. One day with a blow dry and a brush, it looks normal. Other days, without that tender loving care, it looks like a monster mash. I've been getting my hair done with Josh at The Green Room (formerly Moxie), and he would say "It just needs some attention." Which is true.

So I got the Moroccan oil and conditioner, and things were looking up. But then my second pregnancy happened, and my skin and hair went out the window. After the pregnancy, my skin made a recovery, but my hair was still unknown to me, like some untamed thing that I didn't know how to work with anymore. Even after getting it cut, it would look split and frayed.

And then my sister-in-law visited for the weekend, and was evangelizing coconut oil as the source to fix all problems: moisturizer, hair treatment, cooking oil for chicken or popcorn. She was coocoo for coco. As a gift, she bought us a jar from Beacon Natural Market on Main Street.

I put it on my hair that night, sleeping in it. The next morning I washed it out with my usual Aveda Color Conserve shampoo and conditioner, as well as the Moroccan oil conditioning mask.

What a difference!! I had tips again! My hair was smooth, and looked happy and less frizzy.

So my new routine is this: I put the coconut oil in my hair twice a week before I jog. That way, it gets anywhere from 20mins to 1 hour to work its magic before I wash and condition it.

If you have any hair tips, do share. Otherwise, pick up the coconut and Moroccan oils in town! Beacon Natural Market for coconut oil, and The Green Room (formerly Moxie) for the Moroccan line.

Spring! butter LONDON Nail Polish in Happy Colors at Echo

button LONDON nail polish at Echo Boutique
Was stopping into Echo Boutique to treat my kids to play dough and fire trucks on a Friday night,  what did dazzle my eye at the counter but all of these happy shades of butter LONDON nail polish! I have a deep eggplant purple (although it's really named after the deep, dark center of a bone....woa!) that went perfect with my sister's wedding colors. Now I think I'll try the coral pink for spring, and the yellow just for fun. I love looking at the polish colors, like the mint, but I'm a traditional color kind of gal. But man do they mix a good shade...

Thank you Echo Boutique for making this available!

Really Good Cup of Coffee Espresso-Style at Home w no Machine

After Super Storm Sandy, my business partner at 'PRENEUR and I wanted to send a care package to a small business friend who had lost her house and her soap making business. Without electricity for ever it seems, she's been making lukewarm, weekly filtered coffee on her grill. A girl needs good coffee if she's going to rebuild her biz, so I walked down to Mountain Tops on Main Street in Beacon to see what sort of camping style coffee maker they had. My requirements:

- not electrical
- easy, won't break
- don't have to clean it much
- no filter.

I thought I'd be getting a French press. It's what I use, has no filter, and I can do it one handed with one kid on my hip. However, the camping pros at Mountain Tops steered me to the AeroPress, a funky little coffee maker plunger thing that makes espresso shots or style of coffee! It has a filter, but is a tiny circle of paper that didn't seem like a big deal. As for cleaning, there really isn't any cleaning because of the way the coffee gets pressed into an espresso shot, and then into trash or compost. I doubted it, but ended up buying one for our friend, and one for my dad, because he likes strange, inventive ways of making things good.

And then we traveled for Thanksgiving, and I forgot my French press at my parents. Darn! I broke open the AeroPress and made myself a latte. Yes, a latte. Why? Because it makes espresso style coffee! I couldn't believe it! I've been drinking 2-3 a day now! (Sorry Bank Square for not banking coffee money with you).

You put the grounds in, then a certain amount of hot water, then comes the press part, where you press a plunger down for about 20-30 seconds. Voila. You have an espresso shot. Pour in hot milk (or half hot water and half hot milk). And I even have mocha powder, should I want to spruce it up a bit. But normally, I only put in a 1/8th of brown or white sugar, which is far less than I was putting in my regular cup of french press coffee, which used to cause major sugar crashes for me, and I'd hunt for the nearest brownie. Literally, pounding the pavement. Which is how I know where the best baked goods are in Beacon.

I know. That's a lot of passion from a cup of coffee. But it's true. And I'm happily hooked. And got another one for my dad (since I'm using that one), and one for my brother and his wife, since they appreciate coffee as well.

Thanks Mountain Tops!