Imprés to expand, move

TRAVERSE CITY – Imprés salon will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a major expansion and relocation to the former Oleson’s Grocery Store site in September.

The move will double the salon’s space to 3,800 square feet. Sandra Dunn and Tamara Vomastek own the salon, located at 420 S. Union in a renovated two-story home. Before deciding to move, the sisters spent two years examining the needs and desires of their growing clientele base and team of employees.

The project was conceived at the salon’s annual “State of the Salon Address” in 1998 when their staff listed it as their favored goal. Then, they conducted a survey of key clients to determine what improvements and services they would support. Another survey of all clients followed, with the results showing parking and location as important to their continued support, should the salon need to move.

That information in hand, they discussed growth demograpics for the Grand Traverse area with Dan Wolfe, Traverse City Area Chamber president and planning/research consultant. They also consulted with SCORE, as they have for every other major move they’ve made.

The old Oleson’s site is currently being remodeled and updated to accommodate the salon’s new venue of spa services. More parking and improvements to the building’s interior and exterior will be made, and the entire site will be landscaped. General contractor for the project is Jack Smith and the architect is Clark, Walter and Sirrine.

“We’re so pleased to be able to contribute to the improvement of the neighborhood,” said Vomastek, who lives with her husband and two young daughters nearby on Elmwood. Dunn lives with her husband and daughter a few blocks away on Spruce. “We love the west side,” she commented.

The salon first opened in 1990 with three employees, counting the sisters. Today, it employs 24 and provides a full range of salon services, including hair color, cutting, hairdressing, hand treatments, manicures, pedicures, massage, body treatment, facials, make-up, health and hygiene education and consulting. Healing body treatments will be added in the new salon.

Dunn and Vomastek and their team have an impressive history of community service, including their annual “Global Collection” runway hair show which has raised money for the Women’s Resource Center, Boys and Girls Club and the Northwest Michigan Child Guidance Center. The program was recently selected as the “Best Philanthropic Program 2000” at the “Think Fast Business Conference” in Chicago.

Each Christmas, the sisters and salon employees treat patients at Munson Medical Center with hand and foot massages and make-up and hair treatments. BIZNEWS