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Ridgewood Salon Cuts Ribbon On New Location

David Brodsky hangs out in his salon's kitchenette, next to one of his mother's pieces of art.
David Brodsky hangs out in his salon's kitchenette, next to one of his mother's pieces of art. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. -- Ridgewood stylist owner David Brodsky ringing in the new year with plans to expand his North Maple Avenue salon, Artists and Architects, to Summit.

The new location will be headed by an A2 stylist but will encompass Brodsky's idea of what his salons should have.

“The name is a play on words,” said Brodsky of his salon's name.

“It’s what I believe a good cut entails. The beginning is where we shape it and at the end it gets personalized.”

A2's walls are embellished with contemporary artwork, much of it made by his mother. It includes feathery dream catchers, original paintings and a mustard-yellow mural around the salon’s fireplace.

“I wanted my salon to be welcoming, relaxing and to play good music,” Brodsky said, as “Buddy Holly,” by Weezer, played softly through the speakers. “I wanted there to be a friendly atmosphere.”

Brodsky will also be re-launching the A2 education program for his staff to make sure "everyone stays current," stylist Sandy Dragona said.

The owner is as good to the Earth as he is to his customers.

"I firmly believe in a green concept," Brodsky said.

A Davines Concept Salon, A2 uses the sustainable beauty line for 90 percent of its work in coloring and products. Davines says it has a zero carbon footprint and that all of the ingredients are harvested on Italian farms.

A2 is unlike any other salons that stylist Sandy Dragona has ever seen.

"Most salons are production oriented," she said, "but here it's not about the numbers.

"David wants the employees to be as good as they can. It's about quality."

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