by Noe Hernandez
Salon offers an escape from stresses of life
Denne Drewno believes that taking care of your hair, skin, nails and body is a tribute to the soul.
You remember the soul, don’t you? That mysterious place inside of your body — possibly from the soles of your feet to the highest hair on your head — that is ruled by your thoughts and emotions.
Nearly a year ago, Drewno opened Tribute Salon & Spa, 401 W. Main St., in downtown Brighton to soothe the souls of women and men for moments at a time with a haircut or style, manicure, waxing, pedicure, facial or massage.
“We opened with a very strong start, and we continue to grow momentum,” she said Thursday. “The Main Street business community has been very welcoming.”
With the idea of paying tribute to the soul, Drewno created an environment in her salon and spa that helps women and men escape from the daily stresses of life.
She’s installed a privacy wall made of cut stones to separate the lobby from the atrium — where all the fun stuff begins. Once in the atrium, her clients receive a warmed robe on cold days to begin the first phase of the soul’s journey to relaxation.
Drewno has 27 hairstylists, two facialists, four massage therapists, six nail technicians and five licensed style assistants on hand to take care of her clients.
She also offers a complimentary glass of wine or bottle of Stella Artois for those who want to relax a bit more in the atrium.
“Tribute Salon has had a major economic impact on Main Street,” said Pam McConeghy, president and CEO of the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce. “Every day, from morning until evening, men and women enjoy the services of Tribute Salon and then follow it up by shopping and dining on Main Street.
“The impact has been significant,” she added. “The impact of Tribute salon can be obviously seen by the packed-to-capacity Excelda (former chamber) parking lot.”
There are four hairstyle studios, each equipped with three stations, with two stylists per station, in the salon. Drewno also has set up a nail studio and equipped it with three manicure tables and three pedicure tubs for the technicians, all of whom are experts in nail art design.
The salon also has a state-of-the-art color lounge with hood dryers and infrared processors to speed up the drying process.
Drewno also installed a second privacy wall made of birch trees in the atrium to give her salon a feeling of being connected to nature. You just have to see it to feel it.
When you need to relax just a little bit more, Tribute offers hand and arm massages or scalp massages during some of the treatments. If that fails to calm the soul, clients also can get a complimentary cup of coffee, tea or water in the spa lounge.
The spa lounge has four treatment rooms, two for massages and two for skin care. A sliding door separates the massage rooms for couples who want to enjoy each other’s company during the massage.
Tribute also has a sauna to help with detoxification, circulation, vitamin D deficiencies and to rid the body of any microscopic heavy metals.
Drewno understands the importance of cross-promoting other businesses on Main Street, McConeghy said, which makes Tribute a wonderful team player downtown.
Tribute will donate some of proceeds from a Mother’s Day event to LACASA, the county’s nonprofit domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse prevention agency.
“We love what we do and we want to create an experience, but we’re also connected to the community,” Drewno said.
Brighton resident Sarah Cromer loves the place and goes there for a cut every six weeks.
“I just love the atmosphere,” she said. “Everyone there is so kind and sweet.”
Tribute is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, 1-8 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, visit www.tributesalonspa.com or call 810-588-4531.