Thanks to an enterprising Downriver family, a landmark building at the corner of Biddle and Elm in Wyandotte has transformed from a bank to a modern salon and spa offering the latest in hair and skin beauty.
Siblings Jerad Rushlow and Jenee Rushlow Osborne reopened the doors of the former bank as Daybreak Salon & Spa in October of this year. The brother and sister team also owns and manages Daybreak Salon & Spa in Woodhaven. “Our Woodhaven salon was growing so fast that we felt the need to open a second location to accommodate our Downriver clients,” Rushlow says. The business began in 1973 as Headway Salon in Southgate by their parents, Gary and Mary Toffoli Rushlow.
With a color scheme of sophisticated creams and grays and a brightly lit interior, the new Wyandotte salon boasts a unique look. 12 styling stations with steel and mirror facades can be reconfigured for special events such as bridal parties, prom nights, or continuing education classes. What was once a steel bank vault has undergone a makeover of its own to become two luxurious massage therapy rooms. “We are delighted to be here,” says Rushlow Osborne about the new location. “We love the energy of downtown Wyandotte.”
Customers have flocked from near and far for the Daybreak experience. One client even drives from Chicago to have her hair styled. The Rushlows can credit their emphasis on client satisfaction for their success, but their focus on education plays a significant role as well. Jerad Rushlow travels to New York on a regular basis to hone his skills, returning with the latest trends and techniques to teach his staff in weekly continuing education sessions.
Above all, the client’s experience remains paramount to the owners.
“We want our clients to enjoy an experience that exceeds their expectations,” says Rushlow Osborne.
“I believe our rapid growth shows that we are doing that.”