A new place for hair in Dundee
DUNDEE -- Chateau Salon officially opened up shop June 1 at 1226 Highway 99W. Donna Perger and Gabby May partnered in the business with Rachael Batchelor renting a station in the salon.
"We had been working at another salon and we decided that it was time for the three of us to move on," Perger said. "We all have our separate strengths, so anyone that comes in at least one of us will be able to accommodate them. We wanted to open this feel-good warm salon that they could come in and just be at peace."
The name Chateau Salon came after Perger visited Italy and witnessed the chateaus at the wineries, which gave her the idea to have a shop that is similar in atmosphere. The shop has a European rustic feel with lacey curtains that separate the shampoo area. There are artistically-designed lights that create a warm, cozy feeling, while relaxing music plays in the background.
"It's not like retail with pictures of these models all over the place," Perger said.
Instead, it is a place for pampering and relaxation. The business' motto is: "One client at a time to provide that one on one with each client."
"While the client sits under the dryer we will give them a hand message," Perger explained. "Just the little things, the little touches, the extra things. I massage their heads. I spend the time to not just give them a shampoo, I spend time with my clients. Everybody is such in a hurry now that they just try to push through clients and they don't take the time and do a good job. We have slowed down to take the time to do a good job."
Perger has been a professional hairdresser since 1994. May has been in the business for around 12 years while Rachael has been cutting and coloring hair for about six years. Perger started doing hair while her daughter was young and put herself through beauty school.
"Cutting hair is the only thing that I wanted to do," Perger said. "I love doing hair and still do to this day."
May's specialty is hair extensions, wedding hair styles and blondes. Batchelor is adroit at creating new colors, new wave haircuts and waxing. Perger specializes with blondes and gray coverage and perms.
Perger and May stumbled onto a place that they could rent that was affordable, passing on the savings to their customers.
"I don't charge $100 like most salons," Perger said. "We've tried to keep our prices down so they are affordable for the normal average person and enough so we can survive."