Julie Buccino, right, owner of The Spa/Salon, and Melissa Fielding, manager and massage therapist, plan to open the salon Friday. They also plan to celebrate as part of First Friday Artwalk.

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Julie Buccino, right, owner of The Spa/Salon, and Melissa Fielding, manager and massage therapist, plan to open the salon Friday. They also plan to celebrate as part of First Friday Artwalk.

Spa/Salon to offer parties, specials

Owner excited about opening, not concerned about economy

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Owner of The Spa/Salon Julie Buccino, right, and Melissa Fielding, manager and massage therapist, plan to open Friday.

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Owner of the Spa Salon, Julie Buccino, left, and manager and massage therapist Melissa Fielding, right, plan to be open will a splash Friday.

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The Spa/Salon opens Friday at 24 Fifth St. Call 871-0202.

— Julie Buccino isn't even a little bit worried about opening her spa and salon during an economic downturn.

"The hair industry is right up there with toilet paper," she said. "You need a haircut."

Buccino has owned a salon before, and she's got big plans for this one. A grand opening for The Spa/Salon on Fifth Street is scheduled for Friday to coincide with the First Friday Art Walk and will include photographs by Corey Kopischke. Buccino's business will offer early bird specials, children's parties, teen days, happy hours and other specials.

It will include massage, facials, manicures and pedicures, as well as a corner for clothing, gifts and accessories from Loft 22, a Denver boutique owned by Steamboat Springs natives Brittin and Kelly Asbury. Buccino did the Asburys' hair while they attended Steamboat Springs High School.

The Asburys plan to switch out their inventory regularly, as well as offer personal shopping services, Brittin Asbury said.

"You can kind of shop while you're waiting," she said. "It's kind of the whole pamper yourself, look good idea."

Loft 22 also will do trunk shows and special events, Asbury said.

Buccino said the spa and salon would offer a variety of pampering services. Massage therapist Melissa Fielding will manage the spa component, she said.

"We're also putting a patio outside facing the river," Buccino said. "We're going to do, in summer, chair massages. We'll put some white curtains out around it and leave it open to the river so you can see the river."

Fielding has been a massage therapist for more than eight years. She specializes in neuro-muscular work but also does relaxation massages. Fielding said she hoped to make the spa services, which include body scrubs and facials, affordable.

"I'd rather someone come in and get the massage than not," she said. "With the economy, we're willing to work with people and promote health and wellness."

Buccino is leaving the spa side to Fielding, saying her own area of expertise is hair. Buccino said she specializes in color correction, highlights, low lights, color and cutting. She worked out of her home in Steamboat for a decade and has been cutting hair at Comb Goddess. Before that, Buccino owned a salon in California.

"I was in Palm Springs, and I had people who came all the way from Los Angeles for color correction," she said.

The early bird specials were a hit there, Buccino said. From 7 to 9 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, The Spa/Salon will offer a blow-dry, a hair styling, a bagel and coffee for $35.

The Friday and Saturday happy hours will include styling, drinks and appetizers so women can get ready for dates, for example, Buccino said.

"We want to do community service, too, so probably every couple months, we'll do a girls night out," she said. "So the whole salon will be booked all day, and we'll give people 40 percent off on everything, including products."

The business also will offer spa parties for children 5 and older, as well as for adults, Buccino said. Children's parties will include gift bags, activities and miniature manicures or pedicures.

Buccino has put the business together in just more than a month. Her husband, Steve Buccino, of NAK Construction, gutted and rebuilt the space. Julie Buccino designed the salon, which she said would have a California feel.

"It's contemporary and pretty," she said. "It's different."

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