Kid-Friendly Salon Opening Near Stuyvesant Town
New hair salon owner Karolyn Massey knows how difficult it can be during a young child’s first visit to the barber’s chair.
“It’s quite traumatizing for a kid to get a haircut,” said the new mother, who witnessed the drama first-hand when taking her niece and nephew to get their first haircuts.
“They get sprayed with water and have a scissors coming at their head. They have a hard time with it.”
That experience gave Massey the inspiration to create a new salon solely for kids, Beehives & Buzzcuts, because she thought “it would be nice to have a place for children to go that’s designed for them.”
The 2,500-square-foot space, set to open in the coming months on First Avenue near East 21st Street, will feature haircut, manicure and pedicure stations — all infused with a childlike vibe that’s difficult to find in Manhattan’s myriad salons, said Massey, 38.
The salon’s target clientele is kids between 3 and 10-years-old — a burgeoning demographic in the increasingly family-friendly Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village complexes, said lifelong Stuy Town resident Brian Tregerman, of Winick Realty Group, who brokered the deal.
“When you think about the neighborhood, there’s really not much catering to children,” he said, noting that the tenant inked a 10-year lease for the space, formerly home to a check-cashing store.
“There’s definitely a need for these things, and that’s why they’re coming.”
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