Having worked within the beauty industry for over 10 years and always following her aim to be a leading makeup artist Mel Von Stanke has long considered taking the next step by opening her own salon and brining her creative talent to her clients, in a space which is professional, personal and friendly.
Taking your first step into the spacious salon your eyes are drawn to the recycled cane which gives the salon a 1970's Bohemian relaxed state of mind .
You are greeted at the original padded 1950’s circular reception desk which is Mel’s favourite find from her intrepid search for bits and pieces to make up her collection of elegant recycled furnishings. “I saw one in a picture in a magazine , and thought this would be the only thing I would never find”, smiles Mel, but hidden in the clutter of a market in Adelaide a dusty white desk was about to be bought back to life.
Large black framed mirrors are a feature of the ‘Makeup Bar’, a place where Mel can apply her award winning talents to the many brides, grads and debutantes that have booked in months in advance for her creative talent. With around thirty weddings already booked in for the future the step to turn her passion into a full time business should is a successful one. The area is flooded in natural light during the day and at night is illuminated with white light so she can apply a flawless finish every time.
In the beauty rooms candles flicker inside old crystal bowls and delicate china dishes to create a tranquil atmosphere for the relaxing massages and facials treatment available from the highly qualified staff.
In stark contrast the tanning room offers a modern spray tanning system where trained staff can quickly and efficiently apply the strength of tan most suitable for your skin tone, using products by Aviva Labs who focus on healthy, natural products.
But the bottom line this is a work space and it is friendly and inviting to all. Mel wants to be available for the working women, after hours and being able to accommodate mothers with young children, she is willing to work around those that can’t find babysitters and there is plenty room in the salon for a pram.