Former NYC stylist chooses urban feel of downtown Wyandotte for new salon

A hair salon and boutique has opened in downtown Wyandotte, joining several other new businesses, some of them run by young owners who are working together to bring more new blood to the 'dot.

Mary Karasinski, the owner of Beauty Lounge Salon and Boutique which held a pin-up-era models-meet-cool-cars grand opening over the weekend, is one of the new business owners excited about a new era of businesses coming to downtown.

"Wyandotte is a great city and has been for a long time, but we're trying to bring a younger crowd and feel to downtown," she says.

She and other new business owners have special events planned for October and February for starters.

Karasinski, Southgate-born and a hairstylist for 11 years, has lived in Chicago and New York. She moved back to Michigan in 2008 and chose Wyandotte for her first salon because she loves the city's vibe.

"It's a closer knit community, but we still have that walkability of an urban area, the downtown feel," she says. "Plus we're only 10 minutes from downtown Detroit…and my salon is right on the water."

The Beauty Lounge, 2909 Biddle Avenue, opened about two months ago. It has a boutique stocked with clothing and accessories, some of brought back from a trip Karasinski made to the Los Angeles Design Center last week. The Beauty Lounge has an Aveda-trained staff working with Aveda products and make-up artists wokring with MAC cosmetics.

The salon is one of several new businesses along Biddle to open in the last several months. Among them: Coastal Thai restaurant, a sushi bar and coffee shop with a twist, Tongue's Protein Bar and Chill Lounge.

"It's exciting to see what's happening here," she says.

Source: Mary Karasinski, owner, Beauty Lounge Salon and Boutique
Writer: Kim North Shine
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