A complete makeover

In this time of financial difficulty, many wouldn't expect to see local business booming.

When you walk through the doors at Bijou on Skaneateles, though, it's a whole different story.

The "gem of a little salon" is growing. Not only does owner Kim Baker have a steady stream of customers, but now she'll have 1,300 square feet of space to welcome them into. She's currently transforming the space at 6 Jordan St. previously occupied by Bella Blue Boutique into a welcoming entrance for her guests.

"I'm excited on so many different levels," Baker said one evening near closing time. "I don't know how, but I was just lucky enough to fill a void."

Customers let Baker and her staff know just how relaxing the atmosphere inside Bijou is on a regular basis. Even though they find it soothing to sit amid the brown and teal painted walls, the girls at Bijou are doing their best to make it even more mellow.

After having most of her clients for at least 14 years, Baker sees the expansion as a way to welcome more people into Bijou.

"It's really easy to foster relationships here," she said.

Building relationships or just having a girl's day out to pamper yourself, it doesn't matter. To please as many of her customers as she can Baker is adding to her already lengthy list of specialties a manicure bar, a window couch, massage, make-up services and facials, just to list a few.

"This will be so much better. It will be more cozy in here" she said about the Jordan Street side of her space and all the things she's going to do with it. "Now we're going to make a window bench. It was really great to think outside the box."

So far there has been a little more than two weeks of construction, and then Baker is going to top it off with finishing touches to make the space stand out.

"It's definitely been a little bit scary," she said about the growth of her business. Bijou opened about a year and a half ago.

Along with various other additions, Baker is also adding two more hair stations in the current space. Those stations will go where the waiting area and cash register are currently. The desk, products for sale and waiting area will all be moved to the street side of the building.

"I love all the room," said stylist Michele Zeppieri. "We're excited. We can provide more services."

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