Right Place Men's Grooming may have just opened its doors, but it isn't exactly hurting for clientele.
Previous clients of owner and longtime stylist Janette Tran have traveled with her to the salon, her longtime dream which opened for business earlier this month, according to salon staffers.
Tran, a Lake Forest resident, has been a stylist for 15 years. Using that knowledge, she built Right Place Men's Grooming to her specifications, gutting the building so she could reform the space to meet the image in her mind's eye.
Modern, but high-tech, the space has shiny surfaces but concrete floors, giving the area with its nine hair-cut stations a masculine, urban feel.
The alterations even included moving the door of the suite, and installing what may be the only shoe-shine station in town where the door once opened. Right Place Men's Grooming uses products from salon brand American Crew. It also offers a classic straight-razor shave, hot towel included, according to salon employees.
The full-service, men's-only salon caters to a professional crowd—individuals looking for more than basic hair care.
Services for hair include cuts, color, highlights and scalp treatments. Skin care is also on the menu. A treatment room has thick curtains to make the area a private one for waxing, facials or massage. A small station is also set up for nail care and another for a quick shoe shine.
In Suite B10 at 22641 Lake Forest Dr., the salon's swanky digs upstage its neighbors—a liquor store and hole-in-the wall restaurants.
Even so, the prices aren't extravagant. There are three levels of hair cut costs, starting at $33. The next level up costs $38, while an appointment with a master stylist—likely Tran herself—runs to $45.
Big-screen TVs and a small selection of beer and wine means that customers can relax while the salon staff cares for their hair.
A grand-opening celebration on Feb. 19 was well-attended, said Carrie Jones, the salon's creative manager.
"We are very excited and hope to be welcomed by the community," she said.