February 17, 2004 > Bay Street Salon
Bay Street Salon
The "Five Corners" of the Irvington District of Fremont is known for its interesting intersection of streets leading towards several points of the compass. Clark Hall has proudly stood at this confluence marking the entrance of Bay Street since its construction in 1881. An energetic group of businesses now inhabit the venerable building and in one section, a lively beat welcomes visitors. Bay Street Salon brings a touch of cosmopolitan style to enhance the neighborhood. Its interior design is a far cry from the 1800's. In the reception area, an overhead monitor displays sounds and images of modern songs and dress while beyond, hair is being coaxed into chic and comfortable styles in a clean, well-lighted and buoyant atmosphere.
Gina D'Angelo looks over the scene and comments that a lot of thought went into Bay Street Salon. Its opening in year 2000 was the culmination of a search for a good location that had a bit of character. "The building was beautiful," says Gina. "We had to do a lot of renovation since much had not been changed since the 1800's." She had worked for others and says that with the opening of Bay Street Salon, she could control the direction and tenor of the business. "I wanted a salon where hairdressers could come to practice their craft, have a good time and be creative. The salon is able to provide some structure so they can build a base of clientele in their own way."
The salon is designed to provide "the edge and quality" that is often only found in sophisticated metropolitan areas like San Francisco. "Now," Gina says, "our clients know they can get the same treatment and atmosphere in Fremont." Bay Street Salon has fourteen stations so "we have a little bit of everything - diversity and variety." Some hairdressers work as employees while others rent their stations, but Gina emphasizes, "We all work as a team."
Hair is the focus at Bay Street Salon. Gina says, "We are strictly a hair salon doing cuts, perms, thermal straightening and coloring - a lot of custom coloring. We are always updated on new trends. Although our focus is not on young extreme trends, we have enough expertise in our salon to serve a wide range of customers with attention to particular styles and preferences. If you want the trendy and edgy styles that are works of art, we have that - and for those who simply want a good haircut that is nice and clean and even, we have that too! " She adds that Bay Street Salon customers have the "assurance and peace of mind that you can get something of good quality done for you."
Although Bay Street Salon can be trendy and sophisticated, Gina hastens to add that the salon personnel are so diversified that there is a stylist for just about everyone. Some specialize in men's cuts - classic, traditional, business - while others may focus on hair extensions, weaves and coloring, and others create incredible hair "works of art." Asked about current looks, Gina says, "Geometric cuts are in style now with straight bangs and the asymmetrical look." Hairdressers at Bay Street Salon are trained to realistically match style with client's expectations and maintenance requirements. "Some styles will not hold up well until the next appointment without a lot of care, says Gina. "We try to let our clients know how much maintenance is required for their requested style and customize it to their lifestyle and pocketbook. We feel it is our responsibility to let clients know about the commitment necessary to retain the look they are requesting."
In house salon training as well as off-site training incentives allows personnel to stay up-to-date on current trends and hair care. Redken and Graham Webb products are carried at the salon and offer training as well. "I try to keep our hairdressers challenged," says Gina. "I want them to think globally, so they are motivated to reach a higher rung in the business." She tries to focus Bay Street Salon on future growth so everyone involved is constantly trying to reach an exceptional degree of proficiency. "There is a lot of potential in this industry and we want to strive for and achieve the highest level possible - we want to keep going forward."
Customer service is always foremost at Bay Street Salon. Coffee, water, tea and even a glass of wine is available to help unwind and enjoy the salon atmosphere. For some customers, the next step is to the shampoo station where European Shampoo Bowls, a rarity in this area, allow an attendant to shampoo from behind and eliminates the usual neck stretch and uncomfortable position that may cause back strain. Through careful design, hair stations are clean, roomy and well defined to allow each hair designer to operate in a comfortable environment. From the beginning, careful planning of Bay Street Salon was designed to create a feeling of spaciousness without the barn effect of a big open room. Different shapes and geometry in salon areas provide a pleasing effect. This attention to detail even extends to the bathroom where individually laundered towels are provided when freshening up.
Gina says that the philosophy of Bay Street Salon is: "To produce the best work possible and give our customers exactly what they want - something that fits their personality and lifestyle - and do this in a fun and easygoing environment." She adds that customers should be given the personal attention necessary to make everything work for them. For instance, if a style is attractive but too trendy or doesn't fit your bone structure, hair pattern or texture, the hair designer should be able to "soften it" and adapt it to the customer's needs and desires.
Complimentary consultations allow customers to discuss their particular situation with Bay Street Salon personnel and determine a realistic approach to a desired look. Want to make a significant change in hair design or color? Bay Street Salon can give advice and information before taking action, assuring fulfillment of expectations.
Gina emphasizes that all levels of hair care requirements are welcome from basic hair trims to intricate hair designs. Quality care at Bay Street Salon does not mean heavily inflated prices. To experience the Bay Street Salon difference, call for an appointment and come "uptown." Gina and the rest of salon staff will make sure your visit is pleasant and friendly - only the beginning of many to come.
Appointments are always appreciated, but those who "walk in" can usually be accommodated. Gift Certificates are available and Bridal Parties are welcome including bridal consultation and make-up services.
Bay Street Salon
4002 Bay Street, Fremont
Tuesday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturdays 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.