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Kristen Favaro, Owner of Fuga Salon and
BOC: What does Fuga
KF: The word Fuga is derived from the
word “fuggire”, which means “to escape” in Italian. So
technically, it means “escape”. How did Fuga come
about?Antonio Favaro, my husband and co-owner, had a
successful thriving career in Italy, and would have been
perfectly content to stay there...however, I wanted to
try living in the US for awhile. We decided to
compromise and try to bring as much of Italy to the US
as possible, and to create something that we knew didn’t
exist here - a salon that offered the highest quality
European services, without the typical “in-and-out as
quickly as possible” salon attitude. Every guest
receives his or her choice of a cappuccino, espresso,
glass of wine and a little panino, all Italian, of
course. We also continually work with Antonio’s partners
from Italy to keep abreast of what’s hot in Europe, and
this is something we will continue to do and expand
BOC: What skin care products do
you use and why?
KF: We currently use two
skin care product lines, Yonka and Boscia. Previous to
opening Fuga, I helped develop and launch a line of body
care products that was sold in several of the most
exclusive spas across the country. Through this
experience I was able to learn what was the best and
why. Yonka is my tried and true line, they have been
around for years and have more loyal followers, from
Madonna to Gwenyth Paltrow. I have seen my skin improve
dramatically using Yonka. I also wanted to use products
that you couldn’t find everywhere, and Boscia really fit
the bill. Boscia is actually made by Fancl, a Japanese
company, and the products are incredibly pure and clean.
Fancl has actually patented a combination of ingredients
in such a way that they don’t need to use any
preservatives; hence it is the perfect line for
extremely sensitive skin. BOC: What is your most
KF: Hmmmm...I would honestly have
to say things are pretty well distributed. I have heard,
“that is the best facial I’ve ever had,” at least 10
times now ---And of course, hair (with Antonio),
especially brides. Manicures and pedicures have also
been far more popular than I had anticipated.
BOC: What services do you
KF: I guess it’s easier to say what
we don’t offer. We don’t have a room for couple’s
massage, but other than that, everything from hair,
nails, waxing, facials, massage, make-up (we use Jane
Iredale mineral make-up) and body treatments---You name
it, we offer it. We also have a reiki master and an
expert in cranial sacral massage.
What treatments do you recommend for sun-damaged
KF: Definitely our “Rinascimento Della
Pelle” facial (renaissance of the skin), it uses a lot
of Yonka products to help resurface and renew the skin,
good for sun spots. For newly damaged or sunburned skin,
I would try “La Giulietta” (Juliet’s facial) which uses
Boscia products to soothe irritated skin.
BOC: Can you accommodate groups for
KF: Yes, we have already
hosted two bachelorette parties/showers. The space is
very inviting for evening events, and there is plenty of
room for sitting, opening gifts, etc.
BOC: What types of services are best for
private parties and is there a minimum?
Mini Facials, mini massages, make-up applications,
manicures and blowouts tend to be the most popular, as
they all last around 30 minutes. The minimum is $100 per
person, so if there are 8 guests, it is $800. Usually
some guests end up spending $20 for a manicure and
others spend $200 for the works, so it all works out in
the end. The host is responsible for the difference in
the total bill if there is any.
What is the cost for a private party?
There is no cost aside from meeting the
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