By Magda Dakin
When Don Leitao decided he wanted to change gears a little and have more fun with less stress, he found an interesting way to make it all happen. As owner and manager of Don’s 89 Hair Salon, Don spent the last 25 years building his business in downtown Whitinsville at 89 Church Street, creating lifelong friendships and being a part of making people smile.
“I’ was ready to give up the paperwork and business of owning a salon but not ready to give up cutting hair and being a part of the friendships and associations with clients, many of whom I’ve worked with for over twenty years. Some of those friendships are now on the third generation.
“It’s like a big extended family and I look forward to seeing them whether it’s weekly or monthly, they all have interesting stories to share,” says Don.
“Michelle and Deb wanted to stay and make a go of it. Michelle was up for the challenge of running the shop herself and will remain in that location. They are calling it Hair Studio 89.”
Don has settled in at his new salon home in Uxbridge. “I’m loving the new location, the freedom to do what I love and the new friends I’m making. I have an awesome view of the bridge in downtown Uxbridge and watching the trees as they begin to turn for fall,” continues Don as he enthusiastically shows off the new salon space.
JTB Hair & Spa is the new extension of services provided by JTB Wellness in downtown Uxbridge at 27 Mendon St. right beside the bridge. Parking is on the street or behind the building, where the Sassy Fox is located as well.
Jessica Jacques is the owner and director of the highly acclaimed JTB Wellness, opened two years ago and covering a wide range of services from yoga and massage to nutrition, boot camp and barre. “I took over this building in June to extend my services to include both internal and external wellness. The salon and spa offers another level of wellness for my clients.”
“My clients are finding me here at the new location and loving the convenience of it,” says Don.
The salon features four experienced, independent hairdressers: Don, his associate from Don’s 89 Salon Sue Jones, Felicia Brown and Linda Gianetti. The Spa features facials, massage, dermabrasion and massage services by highly-trained, professional estheticians.
JTB Hair & Spa is located at 27 Mendon St. Uxbridge. Don’s number remains the same as his Whitinsville shop, 508-266-0689, and the spa is 508-450-0148. Salon hours are Tuesday –Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday by appointment only.