Sunday, March 6, 2011

Chris Schumacher

Chris Schumacher

Chris is a welcome addition to the Salon Duo family as receptionist. With over 20 years experience in the customer service industry, she adroitly handles scheduling appointments, incoming phone calls and helps clients with all concerns.

Kelli Battaglia


Kelli Battaglia
Salon Manager and Receptionist. Kelli has proven herself to be an invaluable asset to Salon Duo. She started out assisting the team consisting of Emilio, Scott and her sister Roberta in 1996. She grew into one great receptionist and eventually salon manager. She handles it all with patience and a smile.

Amanda Feest

Amanda Feest Laser Technition

Amanda is from milwaukee and graduated from the Laser National Institute in Arizona.

Regina McKinney


Regina McKinney
For those who appreciate a more holistic approach to aesthetics, Regina combines her 18 years experience as an aesthetician, a reiki master and clinical massage therapist to treat the mind, body and spirit. She joined Salon Duo in 2003. Her approach to skin care is results driven focusing on decongested, healthy skin as the result. She is a truly gifted person with a caring attitude.

Rosie Scianna


Rosie Scianna (Website)
The best makeup artist in the city, Rosie takes full advantage of all of the techniques she has learned since becoming a professional makeup artist in 1995. She started out working with counter lines and then became a top artist for MAC on Oak Street. Tired of the corporate makeup arena, Rosie decided to branch out on her own, find an organic, mineral line to work with and a salon that upholds the standards she believes in... Salon Duo is that place. She is available for makeup applications and lessons and is a freelance makeup artist who freelances her makeup services. She is an expert on the Jane Iredale Mineral Makeup Line as well as many other lines that she has used in the past. She is also co-owner of RBombshellBeauty, Inc., an on-site, special event hair and makeup team. She has participated in a Vera Wang Bridal Fashion Show, Glamarama, TLC – A Makeover Story, Channel 7 News Monday Makeovers and did makeup for celebrity chef Nigella Lawson as well as Luther Vandross, Dana Buchman and Rain Pryor as well as Chicago theatres. She has also been published in Cut and Color Magazine.

Bernadette Mielecka

Bernadette Mielecka

Originally from Poland, Bernadette has never lost her European eye for beauty and style. She applies this trained eye to her 7 years of finely tuned manicures and pedicures. She will pick the perfect red for your skin tone or best pale hue for that French manicure. She also worked with Joanna at Spa Emilia years ago and found her true home at Salon Duo in 2002 and has been here ever since.

Ryan Martir

Ryan Martir

Ryan has been with Salon Duo since 2006. First as an assistant to the Salon Duo staff, he polished his cutting and coloring skills. Now, as a full time stylist, he combines great style with beautiful finishing to keep his clients coming back for more.

Shane Talbott

Shane Talbott
For over 15 years, Shane Talbott built his reputation as one of Chicago's premier specialized colorists. Shane's expertise and talent have garnered him a broad clientele, including Oprah Winfrey as well as other celebrities and influential taste-leaders. He has appeared on the Oprah show on five occasions, and continues to provide color services for the Oprah Show on a regular basis. Following another passion, Shane has also created Talbott Teas, a luxury collection of gourmet teas to compliment the salon and spa experience.

Marlena Korpik

Marlena Korpik
After having emigrated here from her native Poland, Marlena joined Salon Duo as Emilio’s assistant, training in both cutting and coloring. She has blossomed into quite a stylist who is adept at working with all hair types. She has gained an influential clientele who return for her consistently precise and ingenious color formulations, expert cuts as well as perfected blowouts.

Leticia DeGrazia

Leticia DeGrazia
A trained professional, Leticia focuses on precision cuts. She understands balance and proportion, removing excess bulk when needed and leaving length where appropriate. Leticia has trained under some of Chicago’s most prestigious hairdressers such as Marianne Strokirk and Charles Johnson. She is a focused cutter who finishes hair with a gorgeous flair. She is also a special event stylist of recognition and has been with Salon Duo since 2006.

Roberta Bazianos


Roberta Bazianos
As senior stylist and color export, Roberta has been with Salon Duo since the doors opened. Personally having the luxury of being trained by Emilio and Scott 15 years ago. Being taken under their wing at Blair Gordon, Roberta has developed a successful and loyal clientele that has been with her since the beginning. From formulating color to a perfect cut Roberta believes in taking care of her clients from start to finish.
It's not just what's the latest trends, but what fits you and your personality. Roberta's passion for hair has shown through her dedication to her career with her drive to stay atop of the industry.

Emilio Rivera & Scott Wilker

Emilio Rivera & Scott Wilker


Emilio Rivera

Scott Wilker
Emilio Rivera and Scott Wilker brought their professional lives together and became the duo of “Salon Duo”. This location has been open since February 2001, but the two have been working together since 1992.
Wilker, an Aveda Institute graduate with a background in fashion, developed a strong following at the very regimented Michael Thomas and at Blair Gordon Salon. He emphasizes precision cutting and exquisite blowout/styling.
“The boys” then moved along with their growing clientele to Timothy Paul where they ran a salon within a salon and dreamt of bigger things to come. In June of 2001 their dream was realized in the opening of Salon Duo!

Between the two, all of Chicago’s social scene have relaxed in their chairs for years and continue to do so because of the high level of hairdressing consistently offered them. Emilio and Scott have taken care of members of the news media, local celebrities and high profile personalities. Their clients are often seen in Chicago Social, Town and Country and they were stylists for Channel 7 Monday Makeovers. All in all, it is always about beautiful hair!

Chicago Social- Modern Luxury Magazine May 2003 -page 111- Going, going, blonde-advice from the pros about faking the natural look by Liz Grossman and Lauren Schott.

Who are the celebrity blondes that your clients will look like?Emilio Rivera-Jennifer Aniston's camel honey color, Heather Locklear for all over blonde, Sarah Jessica Parker for a funkier look. And more mature ladies always want to look like raise Kelly-don't we all?

What's the biggest mistake someone can make when choosing a color? Never color your hair before a party or major event. It's a big mistake.

What are your feelings on all over color?If you don't have to, don't lay with it. But if you're into fashion, and keep up with the latest looks and know how to wear your makeup, go for it.

Lucky Magazine- The Magazine About August 2003 page 182

Save 20% on a cleansing, exfoliating, and detoxifying facial (regularly $85) at the salon. 1400 N. Lakeshore Dr., 312-664-8710

Lighting the way to find a cure-- Carson's & The Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation 2009-2010

Our deepest gratitude to the following buildings, companies and landmarks for supporting our cause by glowing pink during October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Join us in the charge against breast cancer. October is breast Cancer awareness month! Every time you use your Carson's card to me the purchase, will make a donation to the Lynn Sage Cancer research foundation. Plus visit our pink shop! It's a unique selection of items to benefit breast cancer research and celebrate survivors.

Salon duo was presented a certificate of appreciation from the Lynn Sage Cancer research foundation for their humble participation in the 2009 and 2010 Light the Way for a cure campain. By participating in this breast cancer awareness campaign you helped remind women of the importance of early detection against breast cancer. Your efforts are saving lives and touch all of those affected by this terrible disease. We are grateful for your support with serious things, Susan Silver Earlbacher. 2009 Vice -Chair, Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation. Together we can raise awareness. Make a difference. Find a cure.

Chicago Magazine October 2001 page 42 Stylesheet by Stacy Wallace-Albert Beauty-Sheer Elegance

Salon Duo is a stylish space with charmingly mismatched antiques, Provençal fabrics, and French doors that open to views of Lake Michigan. Excellent hairstylists and colorists, the owners, Scott Wilker and Emilio Rivera, run this establishment with plenty of personal taste and warmth. Manicures and pedicures are also available. Haircuts, $55-$100; single-process color from $55; highlights from $60-$140. Salon Duo, 1400 N. Lakeshore Dr.; 312-664-8710

WWD Chicago -Womens Wear Daily- Worldwide Media February 20th 2004, Page 8. Chicago Strikes Gold With New Spa by Kristen Larson

Chicago-situated in a 20s era building once owned by L Capone, there is nothing disquieting about the newly open salon duo spot and Chicago's Tony Gold coast neighborhood

With windows facing Lake Michigan, the view from the Spa, located on 1400 N. Lakeshore Dr., looks just as peaceful as the soothing treatments and atmosphere found inside. And that's just the idea, noted Emilio Rivera, the Spanish born owner who designed the 1100 square-foot Spa with the idea of creating a relaxing vibe for the guests even for they are professionally relaxed, cleaned and buffed. Rivera, who often sports Prada Suits and Gucci loafers, is co-owner with Scott Wilker, former art director.

Rivera said too many spas today feel corporate, and he wanted to really move away from them." It's about feeling like you're going to your best friend's home for the day and you feel relaxed once he arrived. Relaxation starts from the inside out, so setting a mood as soon as customers walk in the door is important," said Rivera, 35, whose inspiration for the decor came from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel spa in Paris in the American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.

To fashion a cozy spa environment, the walls are painted a cheery lemon; personal details like oil printed pillows, chandeliers, a built-in pedicure station with an overstuffed couch, fresh flowers, calming music and scented candles are featured too. The spas adjacent to the 3200 square-foot salon, which opened almost 3 years ago. The decor here is complementary with floral couches, French antiques and fabulous artwork.

" When we opened the salon, there was such a huge demand for the spa, we wanted to make the treatment rooms as calming and relaxing as possible," Rivera said." I like the elegant places that aren't stuffy."

There are three treatment rooms for facials and massages, and each of the rooms' ceilings are draped in white sheer panels for a soft, peaceful effect.

The spa specializes in seasonal treatments, such as the pumpkin revitalizing body treatment and pumpkin facial for colder months, and eggnog facial for the holiday season, and the strawberry-raspberry champagne pedicure for Valentine's Day. A popular treatment is the personal touch spray tan, made from sugarcane. The spa uses French Matus products, as well as the herbal-based line Dr. Schwab. The spies retail area sells the Matus and Dr. Schwab products in addition to a large selection of Illume candles. Retail sales account for about 35% of the business, and services make up the remaining 65%. Prices range from $80 to $200 for facials; $95 for body treatments; $40 for half-hour massage up-to $210 for 90 minute massage, and $50 for airbrush tanning. Manicures and pedicures start from $22 and $42 respectively.

For customers on the run, treatments can be doubled up to save time, such as facial and massage ensemble or a facial with manicure and pedicure.

There are five aestheticians, each of whom have a minimum of 20 years experience-something Rivera said is important in order to deliver the best customer service.

" My aestheticians are well traveled and they go to France to learn the latest techniques," he said. "The service is very much focused on a person-to-person."

Standard offerings while at the spot include daily homemade cookies and desserts, cappuccino, champagne and wine. But for customers who are a bit more demanding, the spa can have lunch delivered; smoked salmon with crème fraîche and capers from the claimed Ambria in the Belden Stratford Residents Hotel isn't a problem.

WWD Chicago -Womens Wear Daily- Worldwide Media August 2001, Page 17.

Twice as Nice
With chic details like chandeliers, lighted mirrors and tall windows overlooking Lake Michigan, Salon Duo could easily be mistaken for a plush French drawing room. But wait, are those hairdryers? And curling irons? Indeed. Look closely, and you'll realize, despite the surroundings, salon do is actually a Hair Salon.

At a time when many salons tend to opt for stark black and white, and metal and chrome interiors, the walls at this newly opened Lakeshore Drive salon are washed and cheery lemon yellow, while custom-made, pale green armoires service stylists work situations and dramatic artwork punctuates the room.

These elegant appointments, which also include fresh-cut flowers, antiques and mineral water served in crystal glasses, could be on their way to making salon duo the swankiest hair place in town.

Which is exactly what owners Emilio Rivera, 33, and former art director Scott Wilker, 30- the"duo" in the name-strove to archive.

" Going to the salon in getting a haircut can be is such a stressful experience, so we wanted to create a calming, yet sophisticated environment where people can relax," noted the Spanish-born Rivera, whose 15 years'experience includes top Chicago salons like Ivan Noel, Blair Gordon and most recently Timothy Paul.

" And it seems to be working; even the most hyper people calm down."

But the idea to create a homey and opulent-looking salon actually came from the couple's travels through Paris four years ago. This is where, Rivera said, they saw a beautiful salons that didn't look anything like the ultramodern, factory-like places fashionable here in the states.

So when the 2000-square-foot space opened up on the ground level of this 1920s-era building once owned by gangster Al Capone, Rivera and Wilker grabbed at the chance.

" This race is absolutely perfect," said Rivera." The weather in Chicago is so cloudy and moody, so we wanted to create a pleasant atmosphere with lots of bright colors to make it fun. We been looking for space like this-with great architecture and a lot of natural light, which is essential for hair color-for a long, long time."

Salon do is located at 1400 N. Lakeshore Dr. Cuts begin at $80, while color starts at $55. Consultation appointments are recommended for first time clients. Salon duo has plans to expand next-door with a full-service spa concept called salon duo North scheduled to open within the year. The spy will feature an extensive array of facials, waxing, body treatments and manicures and pedicures. Women's are required for all services-call 312-664-8710.
Salon Duo brings old world charm to bear on big-city style.