Things are still relatively quiet at 279 Bloomfield Ave., the new home of , but that’s just because they’re settling in. This week is the salon’s soft opening, but Lombardi is planning a grand opening for next month.
The sleek new space was a big undertaking for Lombardi, who has just about quadrupled his size from the tiny, four-chair salon he first opened in Verona six years ago. And, as with all construction projects, this one wasn’t quite completed by the time Lombardi had hoped. He planned on opening in April.
When asked to describe how the transition went, the ever-energetic and optimistic Lombardi said, “So far so good.” But he admitted he’s still “trying to figure out where everything is.”
“That’s why we do a soft opening,” he explained.
Soft or not, the salon is open so get in now before the word is out. The chic new space is styled in a black and white modern graphic design with light gray walls and hardwood floors.
Eight stations line the walls with a large color table placed in the back. The whole place is brightened by bold splashes of yellow and offers a large, comfortable, living-room-like waiting area.
And, to go along with the brand new, big space are Lombardi's big plans. A Thursday night “Blowout Lounge” is in the works for clients to come in to get done up before going out. Lombardi will even get the party started. He’ll offer wine and cheese for all those eager to kick off the weekend early.
He’s also batting around the idea of a “Cutting Café” as he calls it. If he implements the "cafe," as he most likely will, he'll be open for a few hours on Sundays for a relaxed, low-key kind of cut.
Of course, the new place wouldn’t be as Jerseylicious without a few of Lombardi’s castmates.
Fan fav Tracy DiMarco will be on hand along with Fashion, but so will the not-seen-on-TV stars from the previous location including Verona native, colorist and stylist Jeff Greenfield as well as Kristin Okaly.
The new salon will also fall under the artistic eye of Creative Director, Nicole Obert, who hails from the Nick Arojjo Studio in Manhattan and was a runner up in Season Two of the reality TV show Shear Genius.
Anthony Robert Salon
279 Bloomfield Ave.
Fri. 9-6 (maybe later)