A new business in Mount Kisco is making its mark with a charitable event for relief in Haiti.
Hair Expressions Salon and Spa, which has been open on 239 E. Main St. for three weeks, devoted its entire proceeds from Sunday to donations for the Red Cross in an effort to help the earthquake-ravaged country.
Maribel Illescas, who co-owns the salon with her mother, Nidia, said that if she can help, then she will do anything to do it.
For the event, Hair Expressions charged certain rates for different services, which were displayed at the front desk with a sign. For example, a woman's haircut and work cost $35, and the $35 amount would then be collected for the Red Cross.
In addition to being a charitable event, the day was geared toward introducing the new salon to the public. Illescas said that the event was also an opportunity for people to come in and try the place's service.
Illescas said that she had wanted to do an event since the earthquake but now had the chance to do it since the place open. Regarding the history of the storefront – which still has a retail sign in the front for the long-defunct Salon Nouveau – Illescas said that the previous owner went by a different name but it up. She will have it replaced, but a poster displayed in a front window highlights the new ownership.
Salon patron Marjory Alabre, a native of Haiti and a resident of Chappaqua, said she lost a first cousin in the earthquake. While she was unaware of the salon's event until informed during an interview for Patch, she said that it was a good idea.
"I think it's amazing," she said, adding that Haiti needs a lot of help. She also said that it was great to have a business owner donating.