HBAR Salon & Spa celebrates one year of activity

STAMFORD, CT – Last November, Antonio Rende, from Stamford, opened HBAR Salon & Spa during a time of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rende had worked in salons in Seattle and Manhattan, but HBAR, located in the Harbor Point section of Stamford at 140 Washington Blvd., was his very first company.

After a difficult year, HBAR is now celebrating a year of activity. The show will host a celebration on November 7 that will feature a pop-up Troupe429 bar and charity fundraiser to help a Stamford resident with breast cancer.

“We’re doing so well. We’ve got a ton of clients, and some have followed me from New York. We’ve held up pretty well, considering the fact. The business has grown month by month, and we certainly have. been very lucky in comparison, ”said Rende of the first year in business.

Heather Cavanagh, president and CEO of the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, said Rende’s resilience during the pandemic should be commended.

“Throughout the pandemic many new businesses have emerged and have overcome so many obstacles. Antonio is to be applauded for his tenacity and persistence and congratulations on the celebration of their first anniversary,” Cavanagh said.

HBAR has expanded its services since opening to include barber, eyelash extensions, makeup and facial lymphatic drainage, as well as nail work, massage and all hair services.

Rende says what sets HBAR apart from other salons is the fact that its staff go above and beyond to meet customer needs.

“More recently, a client came to show us the color she was willing to settle for, so I said, ‘I’m not really crazy about this terminology,’” said Rende. “And she told us she had been trying to get this hair color for 15 years and she gave up. We sat down, listened to whatever she wanted, and she walked away with the color she was trying. for 15 years. We listen and pay attention to what our customers are saying. “

The yearlong celebration event will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on November 7. Everyone is invited.

In October, the salon featured pink hair extensions, the proceeds of which went to breast cancer research. Rende said he wanted to focus on helping at the local level next, so an employee told him about Stamford resident Elisa Gorman, who has had breast cancer for two years now.

“Everything we do at the party, we’re going to have a raffle for the products, and all the proceeds will go to his GoFundMe,” Rende said.

Rende looks forward to many more years in business and has said that the support of the community he grew up in has meant the world to him.

“It was really great,” he said.

HBAR Salon & Spa is open seven days a week and currently accepts appointments. For more information, visit their website.

To donate to Elisa Gorma’s GoFundMe, click here.

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