A natural progression is how Christopher Marcus Salon owner and stylist, Mark Neff, describes the opening of their new location in downtown Cincinnati. The new downtown location officially opened on March 30th and is the salon’s first location outside of the original Christopher Marcus Salon
in the trendy Hyde Park Square that opened in 2007.
Neff saw this new location not only as an opportunity to expand their client base, but also be a part of an exciting trend towards urban living and the renaissance that is occurring in Cincinnati’s center city. The spot also made a lot of sense as it was previously used as a salon and therefore was set up well for Neff to come in and apply the Christopher Marcus brand and style to the space.
Once arriving Neff was able to work with the Downtown Residents Council and Downtown Cincinnati Inc. in order to get acclimated and set up to be successful. The initial response was great and illustrated a sincere desire from downtown residents and businesses to see the new salon succeed. Shortly after arriving he also realized that the location would also sit along the proposed streetcar
route and described that scenario as, “icing on the cake” for the downtown location.
The downtown salon presently boasts four stylists, but has the room to eventually grow to ten or twelve full-time stylists. In addition to the typical hair styling, the downtown salon also includes a beauty bar for skin care products and application.
The beauty bar is unique to the downtown location and is used for regular “skin happy hours” where customers can be introduced to the TZone Skincare products used at the salon. Privately scheduled “skin happy hours” are available and complimentary monthly glycolic peels for anyone who uses their skin care products.
Neff describes that, “a good skin care regiment combined with glycolic peels results in the most aggressive and least invasive form of anti-aging today.” The use of TZone products is also important to Neff because it presented an opportunity to stay local. TZone Skincare
products were developed by another local entrepreneur – Helena Armour.
The downtown location has presented an additional opportunity for local partnerships. Customers who choose to schedule a lunchtime appointment have the opportunity to have lunch provided by nearby Enzo’s
. Neff also hopes to create a close relationship between the students and parents at what will soon become the new School and Creative of Performing Arts
The salon signed a three-year lease on the 1010 Race Street location and is currently open from 10am – 8pm Monday through Friday and by appointment on Saturdays. Walk-ins are encouraged with prices starting at $40 for adult haircuts.
Writer: Randy Simes
Source: Mark Neff, Owner/Stylist, Christopher Marcus SalonPhotography by Randy Simes