The beauty salon at the center of the NBA’s #BeautySalons controversy, where an employee was photographed removing a client’s facial hair, is about to become a more mainstream institution.
The $10 million, 200,000-square-foot spa will open this fall in the heart of downtown Philadelphia’s historic Broad Street district, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Owner and co-owner Kelly McLeod, a mother of four, will open the “world’s first professional salon,” a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia-based company told The Associated Press.
McLeod, who said she is in the process of getting a Ph.
D. in business administration, said she first began her business as a “caregiver” in the 1990s after her parents died, the Inquireer reported.
She said she started out by serving as a massage therapist, and eventually expanded to providing services such as haircuts and skin care.
A spokeswoman for McLeod said the spa will have a spa-like setting, including two full-size pool tables, two large marble walls, and two outdoor patios.
She said it will also feature a full-service bar and an extensive menu of spa treats.
“This is a beautiful, modern spa and it will be a place where we can meet people from all walks of life and explore the beauty of our city,” she said.
In a tweet on Tuesday, McLeod’s Twitter account, @KellyMcLeodPhD, thanked “everyone who is a part of this historic moment.”
McLeod said she plans to open the spa in mid-October.
It’s unclear how much the spa would cost.
In the wake of the #BeautysSalons debacle, many in the NBA are calling for a “beauty school” to be established in the city.
But McLeod told the AP that she is not interested in creating a school.
We want to build a place of beauty and inspiration for our city, she said in the tweet.