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Pageboy Salon & Boutique aims for the iconic cut

JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
| Thursday, May 27, 2010

Pageboy Salon & Boutique opened a little over a month ago on Butler Street. Owners Rachel Vallozzi and Dana Bannon wanted to create a different kind of hair salon and shopping experience.

"We work well together because we each have our area of expertise," Bannon says. "We liked the name 'Pageboy' because it is an iconic and strong haircut that is also fashionable."

The shop hosts celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman this weekend.

"We want to throw parties and have events such as this in our store," says Vallozzi, who hopes to have an official grand opening this summer. "This opportunity came up and we couldn't pass it up. It's another way to introduce ourselves to the community.

"I am looking forward to watching Brett and how he interacts with clients. My passion is in clothes, and Dana's is in hair, but we both understand how makeup goes together with clothes and hair for the complete look so having Brett here will be great. Everyone is welcome."

The boutique offers items from indie and local designers and hand-picked vintage clothing. Pretty much everything you see in the place is for sale from the pictures on the wall to the furniture. The furniture and home furnishing are on consignment from Retro on 8th. Look for the price tags.

"Whenever I collaborate with someone like Brett, I do all I can to observe and be like a sponge," Vallozzi says. "Anything you do in this world is based on, first of all, knowing what you're doing and, secondly, developing relationships and connecting with people, which is what Brett has done to become so successful.

"We hope to develop the same kind of relationships with our customers and clients."

Bannon, 27, a Monroeville native, says she and Vallozzi, 30, who's originally from Greensburg, had worked together on other projects and this venture just fell into place at the right time. Vallozzi, who previously owned Kharisma Vintage Fashions, has a passion for clothing and accessories. She tries to find items you can't get anywhere else, including redesigning vintage pieces.

Bannon wanted to create a salon that had the feel of being in her home, where clients can chat and have a good time while still getting the best in quality services.

Being in Lawrenceville is the perfect spot, Bannon says.

"This is a tight-knit community," she says. "Many of the business owners have come by to introduce themselves. It is a really neat and fun area."

Having Pageboy Salon & Boutique is a welcome addition to this growing design district.

"Pageboy Salon & Boutique is part of the revitalization of Lawrenceville," says Patrick Bowman, marketing and communications coordinator for the Lawrenceville Corporation. "Lawrenceville is becoming a destination and a place where each business represents the personality of its owner or owners.

"You can get things here you can't get anywhere else," he says. "It's a not a place that has a lot of cookie-cutter shops. It has a lot of diversity and Pageboy Salon & Boutique is a perfect fit."

Additional Information:

If you go

Pageboy Salon & Boutique, 3613 Butler St., Lawrenceville, 412-224-2294.

Salon: By appointment Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Boutique: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays

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