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Beautician branches out on her own in Jeannette

| Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit
Christina's Salon and Boutique is in the Fort Pitt Commons in Jeannette.
Margie Stanislaw | The Jeannette Spirit
Stylist and owner Christina Tarbuck is ready for work in her Harrison Avenue salon.

Fort Pitt Commons on Harrison Avenue is home to several local businesses including Christina's Salon and Boutique.

Christina's is located in Suite 1000 on the second floor, and is a full-service salon. Owner Christina Sturtz Tarbuck is a graduate of Yough Senior High School and Central Westmoreland Vo-Tech, where she obtained her beautician's license.

Tarbuck has 15 years of experience in the beauty and cosmetology field and has also furthered her education through both Paul Mitchell and Redken, working with platform artists who demonstrate cutting, color techniques and working with color collections.

Two years ago, Tarbuck decided it was time to branch out on her own and go into business for herself.

She had been working in the Monroeville area and decided on the Jeannette location because it was “close to home, in Harrison City. I looked around and this location fits all my needs. I opened here two months later and had my daughter shortly afterward. There were many challenges, but I like a good challenge,” said Tarbuck.

“I have a nice customer base,” said Tarbuck, “a truly wonderful following that has been with me through thick and thin, including construction and my pregnancy. I'm lucky to have them. Without them, I wouldn't be here.”

The Harrison Avenue location also provides a steady stream of traffic, which is important since Tarbuck would like her business to grow.

The salon and boutique offers cuts, colors, manicures, pedicures, gel polish nails, highlights, waxing and makeovers. Bridal parties are always welcome.

Tarbuck especially likes to work with color, but also specializes in bridal parties where she has done “fabulous 40s” looks, and also has “Princess Parties” for little girls.

Tarbuck lives with her husband, Gary, and her two children, Kylie, 2, and Gary, 4.

Her husband owns his own business, Gold Level Marketing, which is home based. He graduated from Penn Trafford High School and attended Mercyhurst College in Erie.

Christina's Salon and Boutique is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and extended hours are available by appointment.

Christina's Salon and Boutique is located at 711 Harrison Ave. and the phone number is 724-523-2887. The salon also features a Facebook page which highlights various special offers for customers.

Margie Stanislaw is a freelance writer.