Mt. Kisco Business Community Welcomes Salon D To Town

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Dawn Didomenico marked the grand opening of her new beauty venture Salon D with a ribbon cutting Thursday that featured Mount Kisco Mayor Michael Cindrich. To the far left is Donna Samaha, who runs the in-salon boutique DawnDon Designs. Photo Credit: Liz Button
Didomenico owned Dawn Shea Salon in Bedford Hills for 15 years before setting up in Mount Kisco this fall. Photo Credit: Liz Button
Salon D features a color bar where patrons can chat and catch up on their magazine reading as they get their hair colored. Photo Credit: Liz Button
DawnDon Designs has jewelry, accessories and clothes. Photo Credit: Liz Button
The space's unique design make for an eye-opening aesthetic experience for salon patrons. Photo Credit: Liz Button
Members of the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce and village officials like newly re-elected Trustee Jean Farber (pictured) attended Thursday's grand opening. Photo Credit: Liz Button
A row of sinks line the space's back wall. Photo Credit: Liz Button
The dryers are stationed below a set of colorful abstract paintings done by a local artist, who is also a salon client. Photo Credit: Liz Button
A room in the back is set up as a Botox area. Treatments are available on Saturdays. Photo Credit: Liz Button
"Salon D is at 145 Kisco Avenue in Mount Kisco." Photo Credit: Liz Button

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.—Mount Kisco's new Salon D is the brainchild of Dawn Didomenico, who ran Dawn Shea Salon in Bedford Hills for 15 years.

The hair salon, whose grand opening Thursday was attended by Mayor Michael Cindrich and a large contingent of the Mount Kisco Chamber of Commerce, is in a creatively designed, modern art-filled 2000 square foot space at 145 Kisco Ave.

Featuring the expertise of stylists Gina Marie Lamanna, Claudia Rinaldi, Alice Salvatore and other beauty professionals, Salon D offers traditional salon services like coloring, cuts, blow drying, highlights, keratin hair-smoothing treatments and, soon nail services as well, said salon manager Jeliana Garces.

“It’s a very friendly, warm atmosphere. Very relaxed,” said stylist Edie Hilton, who has been cutting hair since the 1970s. “I like to make my clients look their best, feel comfortable and walk out feeling like a million bucks.”

The salon has a retinue of unique features: Didomenico’s husband David Palaia is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who will be available to clients on Saturdays for Botox and filler treatments. The salon also offers chemical peels and is part of the MyDevaCurl network which trains stylists to cut and color curly hair.

Didomencio’s business partner Donna Samaha, whose husband is an owner of Village Social in Mount Kisco, runs a boutique within the salon that the two have named DawnDon Designs, which features jewelry, accessories and Sugarlips brand club and workout gear.

The jewelry is made by Miami-based designers and ranges in price from $20 to $200 but mostly falls in the $50 to $60 range, Samaha said.

While the salon opened in October, its grand opening had been scheduled for Nov. 1 but was put off until Thursday due to the Oct. 29 arrival of Hurricane Sandy.

Salon assistant Sami Rodriguez, a Yorktown resident and beauty school graduate, said the delay was not necessarily a bad thing.

"It was kind of good to get a feel for what this area is,” she said, as word began to get out. Now the salon has a good client list and is almost fully staffed, she said.

At Thursday’s rescheduled ribbon cutting ceremony, chamber member Dan Taplitz, owner of Right Click Solutions in Mount Kisco, officially welcomed Didomenico and her staff to the area. “It’s a great space. All the best of luck,” he said. “We hope we can give back to the community,” said Didomenico.

Salon D is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For an appointment, call 914-666-2226.

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