I was first introduced to M Salon by the lovely Sarah of Sarah Brooks Pilates. I was totally hooked after my first appointment and have been a loyal client since that first visit many months ago. It was during that first visit that I met Arie, one of the owners of the salon and its most visible face. When he informed me he actually even completed training as a nail tech to really learn the business, I was honestly totally floored and rather impressed. A shrewd businessman, Arie noticed a void in the market and aptly filled it. He might not look like your typical salon owner but thanks to his being super plugged into the Montreal night-life scene, M Salon is always filled with the city’s pretty young things getting quality services.
Also, his pup Sir Jameson is just about the biggest cutie pie ever.
Who you are and what influenced you to open M Salon:
M Salon is a brand new one-stop beauty salon in Griffintown, offering haircuts and colour, manicures and pedicures, waxing, threading and more to men and women.
I decided to open up the salon after moving to the area and realizing that there were no businesses of this kind in the neighborhood. My brother, who is also my business partner, and I already make our own brand of nail gels, Maniglam, so opening M Salon was filling a void in the market for locals in the area, while also providing our polish with a proper home.
Who is an M Salon client:
Our main clients are locals in the area or friends or mine. However, we recently threw a successful press event and have been putting a huge emphasis on our social media which has brought us in a ton of new clients. Most people come in for one service and come back for a few more. We’ve had great feedback on the staff and the place in general. Since I did most of the construction with my brother Laurent, from painting, floor installation, design, and more, it feels good to hear positive feedback and have support from our customers. We really do try to make everyone’s experience memorable.
My personal style changes on a daily basis – I look at it as a way of expressing myself. I don’t take my style too seriously, I try to have fun when I am shopping and am always on the hunt for cool pieces to add to my wardrobe. Some of my must-haves are a sick pair of shades (I believe everyone needs at least one vintage pair) and a few pairs of sneakers, my favourites being Converse. Lately I have been buying a lot of Zanerobe – their pants have the best fit. I also like to support local brands like Hip and Bone and Frank and Oak, I really like the direction that they are taking.
Style is not about the price tag or the brand, its about feeling good in what you’re wearing.
48 Hours in Montreal:
This is a tough question! I would start by maxing out my credit cards on new clothing for me, new toys for my dog and tons of food for my friends and family. Anyone who knows me knows I love to cook, so I would most definitely have to throw one last killer BBQ on my deck. Normally there is a max capacity but since I only have 48 hours I think the more the merrier. Knowing my crew, the night would end pretty late. I would spend the last 24 hours having lunch with my family at Milos, dinner with friends at Ryu and continue the night off at Santos which is sorta like my second home.
Location: Station 16 Street Art Gallery