The staff at Christie’s Salon does more than simply tend to folks’ beauty needs. More than 20 people will join the salon’s staff to plant 30 trees at Sandy Point State Park beginning 9 a.m. Sunday.
“As a business, we believe strongly in giving back to our community and that is reflected in our previous involvement with organizations such as Metavivor, YWCA of Anne Arundel County, Anne Arundel Food Bank and BeMoreCaring,” salon manager Sarah Arseneault said.
Arseneault said this year, the salon looked for lesser-known holidays to celebrate, and the staff wanted to spread the joy. She said the staff chose a combination of silly and more serious holidays, then planned small, mostly in-salon events around them. Hoping to drum up excitement with some of its clients, the staff linked Arbor Day with National Volunteer Day.
“When we looked through a holiday calendar, Arbor Day stood out to us because we are a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon – a company known for giving back to environmental causes, and tree plantings in particular with its Tea Tree line – and it just seemed like exactly the day we needed to celebrate,” she said.
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A friend suggested the salon reach out to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service. The Forest Service’s Gift of Trees program was a perfect fit.
“You set a budget, they match it, find a viable planting site, order the trees – generally make it very easy for you to have a tree planting,” she said.
Arseneault said the salon employees went in knowing they wanted to perform a planting, but were unsure how to go about it – and the service walked the ladies through the process.
The Forest Service helped the salon consider a few potential sites. Sandy Point ultimately was chosen because it could accommodate a larger number of trees if the salon was able to round up enough volunteers.
The ladies decided on American sycamore, river birch and swamp white oaks for the planting, also with the help of the Forest Service. The rangers gave advice for which planting materials the salon would need, such as mulch and fertilizer, and Green Valley Landscaping – owned by Christie’s husband, Rick Kramer – jumped onboard with an offer to provide materials. A few employees of Green Valley will assist with the planting.
The response from the salon’s clients has been positive. Some of the more enthusiastic clients volunteered to help with the planting, but more have offered donations. Areseneault said since the planting is the salon’s first offsite event, they wanted to keep it somewhat small until all kinks were worked out.
The promotion doesn’t hurt, Arseneault said, but it’s also simply fun for staff and clients. The salon, located across from Marley Station Mall and looks like a split-level home, consists of owner, Christie Kramer, who started the business 21 years ago and remains an active stylist. Hair services are performed on the lower level, and spa services take place on the upper level.
“We take pride in maintaining a friendly, local, small business atmosphere, where clients feel like they are at a home-away-from-home or hanging out with their girlfriends while being pampered,” Arsenealt said.
Heather Johnson is the senior stylist, and Samantha Bugosh is a stylist on the path to becoming a Paul Mitchell educator. Mirela Lewis is a stylist, esthetician and entrepreneur who has developed and is selling her own hair brush.
Assistants Madison Bush and Jenny Robles participate in the Center of Applied Technology North (CAT-North) cosmetology program. Vicki Delair and Sabina Ataman-Klass are on-call massage therapists, and Dani Imbragulio is the salon’s front desk coordinator. In addition to managing the salon, Arseneault is a nail technician.
Arseneault said her coworkers are very much friends outside of work, who enjoy the ordinary things girlfriends do together, as well as annual trips to Ocean City and big Christmas parties. She said the idea to start celebrating wasn’t just for the team, but a philosophy the salon wanted to share with clients.
For National Popcorn Day in January, the staff brought in a movie theatre-style popcorn machine and distributed bags of popcorn to all clients who visited throughout the day, but the festivities continued throughout the month. A retail contest offered one winner a basket with movie tickets and snacks.
“We are hoping that it is the first of many future events, as it is important to us as a team to not just give back financially, but actively involve ourselves in helping our local community and encouraging others to get involved as well.”
For more information about the planting, call the salon at 410-590-0900.
Smoke alarm installations
Sound the Alarm volunteers of the Southern Maryland Chapter of the Red Cross and members of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department will rally in Glen Burnie Saturday before traveling door-to-door to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing smoke alarms and help families create fire escape plans.
Red Cross spokesman Richard McIntire said residents sometimes believe they have a greater chance of being struck by lightning than having a house fire. He said many residents believe they are covered if they have a smoke alarm, but many don’t realize that smoke alarms have an expiration date.
If the date is not clearly stated on the back of the smoke alarm, residents may look up the product’s model number online to determine its manufacture date.
For more information, visit www.redcross.org/sound-the-alarm.html.
The Glen Burnie Regional Library, 1010 Eastway, will hold its second trade fair at 11 a.m. Saturday. Participants can learn about many career opportunities and training programs available to folks who would rather learn a trade than attend college.
For details, visit www.facebook.com/events/346168319356080.
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