Here’s our story of how Studio 22 evolved and how we decided on the name.
During the year 2009, before this building and Studio 22 Salon & Spa existed, there was a house on the lot at 3765 Chili Avenue.
Twice a week, I drove by this house while taking my son to soccer at Black Creek park . As I drove by, I envisioned how I renovate it and turn it into a hair salon and spa. My husband thought I was crazy .He said, “Do you have any idea what it would take and cost to do something like that? That house needs so much work and we are not handy people!” His words went in one ear and out the other. I didn’t want to listen to what he was saying. I had a dream and a vision of what it could be!
In 2010, I drove by the house where it sat empty, my hopes, dream and vision increased. I noticed there were construction vehicles sitting idle on the lot. At that very moment, I realized the house of my dreams was going to be demolished. Reality set in and my dream and vision was taken.
Time went on, my oldest son John graduated from Shear Ego Barber School. He was eager to get his career started. I heard there was an established barber shop on the east side of town and the owner was soon to retire and wanted to sell.
We researched and contacted a realtor. The barber shop was still growing and the owner wanted to train my son John and offered for him to take his clientele. I thought this would be perfect for him and his future. I could work there servicing my existing clientele. We had met with the owner several times, but the interest wasn’t there, something just didn’t feel right.
I was so disappointed and discouraged because my dream seemed to be getting further and further away. If you know me, I am not a quitter and I don’t give up very easily.
On a hectic fall day, and pressed for time, I wanted to get my kids an after school snack to hold them over until I made dinner. I remember stopping in a pizzeria shop to get a couple of slices but they were all out. I went further down the road and I pulled into Cordellos Pizza. Cordellos Pizza was located directly across the street from the now- empty lot where my dream house and vision once stood.
As I got into my car started it, paused, facing the empty lot and looking at the empty lot, I was feeling regretful. I wished that I had purchased and renovated that house. I closed my eyes and in complete silence, I prayed to God. I asked Him where he wanted to take me in life. I quoted the scripture Proverbs 3:6 and I asked God to direct my step, to guide me and show me where He wants me and what He wants from me. I felt a sense of peace and started to drive home.
In 2011, my husband came home from work and said, “get in the car, I want to show you something, that I saw.” “Okay”, I replied. I truly had no idea or inclination of where were going. We started driving in the direction of the empty lot. He proceeded to pull into the lot where there was a sign and the blueprint drawings of Creekside Commons. It said “Coming Soon”!
I called the number that was listed on the sign and met with the builder, Lou Bivone, who is now my landlord and friend. We set up a meeting to discuss what he had to offer and future plans. Instantly, I felt comfortable, he was trust worthy and he reminded me of my father. My father was an honest, family-oriented man. As we discussed the lease and what was needed to make my dream come true, I knew that this was going to take a huge leap of faith, enormous sacrifice and commitment.
I wasn’t thinking about everything that was involved. At the time, I was working part-time and caring for my sick father. I shared my thoughts and plans with my father. I could see in his eyes that he was a little disappointed because I would be taking care of him less and would be working more. My father was a selfless man. He sat me down and spoke these words to me, “ I think you should take advantage of this opportunity.
Be an example to your children. Teach them to take chances and not to be afraid to take chances in life”. After getting the green light from him, I still felt very conflicted. I got cold feet and almost backed out. Lou met with me and shared his success stories. He really inspired me and encouraged me to move forward. I knew that this was going to be a future for my son and myself . We are both very passionate about the industry and we love helping people in general. I felt confirmation that this was an answer to my prayer and that God was directing my path.
As plans started to take place, I was seeing the number 22 everywhere. I started to question why. It was a favorite spiritual number with significant meaning, but that’s a whole other story! I use to pray the scripture proverbs 22:6 train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he won’t depart from it. I thought maybe it could be a reminder and that’s why I was seeing this number. Anyways, I originally wanted to name my business Serenity salon, but unfortunately, there was another salon with that name in the town of Spencerport.
As things were moving along, we met with attorneys, bank lenders etc. some of the appointments were canceled and rescheduled. All appointments wound up on the 22nd of different months. Because of this, I thought to myself, can this be a coincidence or confirmation that this salon should be named Studio 22. I felt it in my heart. After it was named, I learned the meaning of the number 22. The number 22 is considered to be one of the most powerful numbers, able to turn all dreams and desires into reality.
The number 22 is a number of precision and balance. It is the Master Builder which provides the power to achieve almost impossible things! It was crystal clear confirmation of how Studio 22 found its perfect name!
On January 11, 2012 Studio 22 Salon & Spa opened its doors and we began! We have many family, friends and customers to thank for all the love and support given throughout the years. If we were to close our doors today, I would walk away with a heart filled of blessings and gratitude . We have met the most incredible people who have fulfilled our lives. There has been so many friendships made. We have touched, as many hearts, as we have heads.
Thank you for giving us 10 wonderful years of enhancing your natural beauty!! We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for you!!
Happy 10 th Anniversary!
Your look is part of your story
Salon Owner | Artistic Stylist
My name is Sandra. I am the owner of Studio 22 Salon & Spa. Besides and before that, I am a wife, a mother of 3 young handsome men, a mother in-law to the most beautiful and amazing daughter, grandmother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, cousin and loyal friend.
I have owned Studio 22 for almost 11 years. Despite a couple major setbacks, I have been very successful in business .
Here’s some fun facts about me . I am Italian and I eat way too much pasta! It’s my favorite thing to eat next to pizza. I really dislike pic’s of me (especially selfie’s). I never know where to look at the camera but hey, what the heck, you only live once .
I am grateful for all that I have and all that I don’t have. I like to secretly laugh when my grandchildren are naughty.
I have been in the beauty industry for 30+ yrs and absolutely love helping people feel and look their very best. It is a passion of mine and an indescribable feeling. I am so privileged that I can share that same passion and feeling with my eldest son who is a Master Barber here at Studio 22 . His name is John and he is also my business partner. Family & close friends call him Johnnie. I also love to share this passion with my team. They inspire me every day to be better and to be the best version of myself that I can possibly be. I’m truly grateful for each and everyone of them along with our clients.
Our clients have become my special friends (more like family) and continue to teach me so much about life. Studio 22 wouldn’t be here today without .
As always, we look forward to enhancing your natural beauty!!!
Salon Manager | Master Barber
My name is John. Many of you already know me as our barber/Sandra’s son here at Studio 22. I’m a 33- year old husband and father to a 3-year old boy, and 1-year old girl. I’ve now been a barber for nearly 14 years, and have been at Studio 22 since we opened 10 1/2 years ago. Barbering is truly my calling, passion and something I am grateful to wake up and be able to do every day. Outside of work, my hobbies consist of spending time with family and catching up on my favorite sports; boxing, football, basketball and more. If you’ve ever sat in a chair near mine, chances are you’ve heard a conversation about sports (or food). I am forever indebted to a pair of clippers for giving me a platform that allows me to provide for my family, serve such a great community and in turn continue to grow from the richness of people on a daily basis.
I’m Nikki! I graduated from Continental School of Beauty in 2012. I value getting to know my clients so that I can tailor haircuts and/color to best suit your lifestyle and personality. I also enjoy keeping up on education in this ever changing industry to better my craft and cater to all of my clients needs. I have taken several classes locally and in NYC, including a hands on with Nick Arrojo (from What Not To Wear).
Fun fact: She enjoys anything that has to do with animals, especially dogs.
I am Hailey! I have been doing hair for 10 years. My passion started when I was young. I'd do all my friends' hair and makeup for any event. As I grew to learn the industry, I became amazed with all it has to offer! I love attending classes, going to shows and continuing my education. The trends are changing every day, and I look at it as keeping my job fun!
I've been blessed to become a mom to my beautiful daughter, Alivianna. She is one-year old and on the go! Her favorite current words are mama, dada, babe and yeah! My free time is consumed with her as well as my boyfriend of 5 years, Connor. I also have 3 pets. Rover is a tuxedo cat, Kira is a German Shepherd and Bella is a rottweiler. We love family trips to the parks, visiting different lakes and ice cream dates!
I also really enjoy kayaking and camping!
Life is always changing and the last two years can be proof to that. I try to always be optimistic, compassionate and never judge. One of the many reasons I've loved my career so much is all the amazing people I get to meet and stories about life I get to hear! I'm very fortunate and thankful every day for the life I have!
My name is Analiss Sprague. I recently graduated from Gates Chili High School and the Cosmetology program at Boces. Within my Boces years I completed 2 different Shadowing/CEIP opportunities at Studio 22. I am currently continuing my education under Sandra by assisting at the salon. My favorite part about doing hair is seeing how happy the clients look when they see their dream hair come to life! Some things about me is I am 1 of 5 siblings. I enjoy all things art like makeup, photography, writing, and drawing. And I have an American bully dog who is named Blu.
Hi there! I’m Sonja Capuano and a stylist at Studio 22 for over 9 years. I’ve been in this industry for 24 years. My passions are bridal hair and color. I love to make my guests feel beautiful and relaxed. I am a mom to two young kids and a mom to my 2 rescue pups. I love to cook, watch television and travel in my free time.
My name is Jessica I have been doing hair for over 10 years and have been specializing in children's haircuts for 6 of the 10 years. I enjoy making people feel and look their best. I'm looking forward to continuing my education, and working with the most wonderful team in this industry I'm truly blessed!
Some fun facts about me are I'm a Momma to a two-year-old little girl who has my whole heart. We have two dogs and a cat. In my free time, I love spending time with my daughter and my family.