All great achievements start with a vision.
Jill C. O'Brien's was to take an old building at 1020 Ford St., Ogdensburg, and transform it into one of the most popular destinations in town.
After opening the Ogdensburg Dance Center there in 2009, she says her dream for the building came to fruition this month with the opening of "Salon 1020," a full-service salon with five experienced hair dressers.
"It's been amazing to see this building come from what it was back then to what it is now," she said.
In the 14,000-square-foot salon, customers will notice the salon's modern, upscale atmosphere. Rather than rushing customers in and out, Mrs. O'Brien said, the goal of the salon is to provide first-rate customer service by getting to know every customer.
Each hair dresser rents their own space at the salon, she said, with a goal of providing a quality experience for their regular clients.
"People will always get what they want here," she said, adding that all of the hair dressers have at least four years of experience. "We want this to be a place where women, men and children feel comfortable."
Because more than 200 children take lessons at the dance center, the salon already has a substantial customer base visiting the building to draw from, she said. Last week, for instance, a father made an appointment for his son to get his haircut while his daughter had her dance lessons, killing two birds with one stone. Fresh-brewed coffee is always available as well, and the building is handicapped-accessible. Four of the hair dressers, including Mrs. O'Brien, worked for Gary & Aileen's Hair Styling in Ogdensburg before joining the salon. Because they're all close friends, customers will find the atmosphere at the salon welcoming, said hair dresser Sarah A. Fitzpatrick.
"I love coming to work here," she said.
She said the staff plans to attend design shows to keep up with new fashion trends.
"This is exciting because we're all new together, so we have to work together to make this successful," Ms. Fitzpatrick said.
"Having a salon has been a dream of hers (Mrs. O'Brien) since she was a little girl. We're all excited and happy for her."
Mrs. O'Brien's husband, Sean P., who co-owns the business, said he hopes the revitalized building on Ford Street will be an inspiration for others.
"We really wanted to help rejuvenate Ford Street with this project," he said.
Other hair dressers working for the salon are Mindy Woodruff, Stacey Seguin, Chrissy Johnson and Sally Amo.