Studio 26 pampers patrons for the holiday

Only months have passed since Studio 26 Salon and Spa first opened in Ocean View, but the full-service salon is wasting no time in making a name for itself, drawing in a crowd of new and returning customers to a staff that can cater to their every need. And with the Christmas holiday rapidly approaching, the staff is making the spirit of giving convenient and affordable.

Coastal Point • Ryan Saxton: Hair specialist Janet Charlsen (left) and salon owner Terry King present some of their holiday baskets available at Studio 26 Salon and Spa in Ocean View.Coastal Point • Ryan Saxton
Hair specialist Janet Charlsen (left) and salon owner Terry King present some of their holiday baskets available at Studio 26 Salon and Spa in Ocean View.

“We’re bringing in a lot of our regular clientele, and meeting a lot of new people, too,” Janet Charlsen said proudly.

One of eight specialists at Studio 26 Salon and Spa, Charlsen has helped bring a familiar face and a friendly, welcoming attitude to the new salon. Most of the stylists have worked throughout the community, and their quality of work and personalities have drawn the crowd to them, from out-of-towners to local farming families.

“Everything has gone well for us since we started,” said Terry King, who opened Studio 26 with her husband, Mark, earlier this fall. “We’ve all worked in this business for years. We are professional in what we do, and we want people coming back for our service.”

Most have been in the industry for years, some for several decades. Mark King, who has lived in the area his entire life, and Terry King, who relocated 11 years ago, both bring a friendly comfort to the community.

The salon provides customers with everything they could need, from hair and nail care to skin and massage treatments, with courteous and knowledgeable professionals. Employees are constantly learning the latest skills in the salon industry, furthering their education with classes.

Recently, they all partook in a skincare class, ensuring that they can provide customers with informative and accurate answers to all their questions. And each month, Studio 26 offers a new event for patrons. As the holiday barrels down upon shoppers, the staff is inviting everyone to take a break and come in for a relaxing experience.

“We want people to come in and enjoy themselves,” noted stylist Cindy Chatterton, “and we give them that opportunity. Customers come in and they stay longer.”

Last month, the salon hosted a “Treat Yourself Monday” special, where customers were urged to come in and try something new with discounted prices. Typically closed on Sundays and Mondays, the salon will be making an exception on Monday, Dec. 22, for December’s special event, “Stag Monday,” when men are being urged to stop in for a haircut, massage or other treatment.

“It’s a great way to get husbands and boyfriends involved, too,” said Charlsen. “We work with anybody, male or female, and we’ve had everyone from kids to senior citizens walk though the door.”

Studio 26 will also be offering gift baskets for the holidays, ranging in sizes and including some with very affordable prices.

“It’s a very thoughtful idea,” Charlsen added. “We can customize the baskets any way you wish and make it exclusively for that someone special in your life. You don’t have to worry about wrapping and it saves you time.”

Gift cards are also available, and make ideal stocking stuffers, she noted. Studio 26 carries the highest quality salon products at prices traditionally lower that those found in department and drug stores. Their shelves are lined with popular products by OPI, Redken, Big Sexy Hair and Sebastian.

Despite a struggling economy, Studio 26 has been bringing in the business, and it’s showing.

“It’s been phenomenal since we started,” said Charlsen. “We know that because customers are coming back. Even in these trying times, we’re seeing repeat business, and more people are scheduling appointments.”

“We know it can be tough,” said Chatterton, “and we work closely with community businesses, too. There’s always someone here to provide whatever you need.”

Upon opening, the staff at Studio 26 wasted no time getting involved, quickly becoming members of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Everyone here works together as a team,” said Charlsen. “We’re all in this together, and we want our customers to see that.”

For more information about upcoming monthly events or holiday specials and gifts, stop into Studio 26 Salon and Spa at 6 Town Road in Ocean View, just west of the Assawoman Canal bridge from Bethany, or call (302) 539-5161. While walk-ins are welcome, customers are urged to call ahead for appointments. Additional information can also be found on their Web site, at