Thursday, October 27, 2011

Someplace Special the Children's Hair Salon/Barber Shop Is still In Riverdale!


Hi everyone!  I'm posting an article below that says just about everything I need you all to know.

To summarize, we are opening at a new address just a couple of blocks away in Riverdale (the Bronx), 503 West 236th st,  we have the same phone number, 718-432-6622, and you should definitely call first to make an appointment because we are only open Sundays and Mondays now...I'd feel so bad if any of you drove out to see me and I was too busy to see you!

Come check us out, and remember...we love all kids, long hair, short hair, and clipper cuts (but we don't blow out curly curly hair straight) and have lots of experience with children with special needs.

I love all of my customers, and I love what I do!  See you all soon.

Click on this to see the original article!
With thanks to The Riverdale Press and Graham Kates...

Children’s hairdresser set to stay in Riverdale
By Graham Kates
Correction appended
Riverdale won’t be losing its Someplace Special after all.
The children’s haircutter, which is set to close up shop at its current 490 W. 238th St. location on Thursday, will reopen in a new location on Sunday, Nov. 6.
Suzanne Axelbank, the shop’s owner, said it will move to Cithara Hair Salon, at 
503 West 236th St.
“I’m really glad because I love working here and I love doing children’s hair. I love doing what I do, it’s the one thing I enjoy,” Ms. Axelbank said. “And people come from miles and miles away for these haircuts.”
After reading in the Oct. 13 issue of The Riverdale Press that she was leaving her current location and looking for a new space for the salon, Ms. Axelbank said three or four other hairstylists called her.
One of them was from Josee Torres, the owner of Cithara Hair Salon. Ms. Axelbank realized she had met her match.
“Because I work with kids I was looking for a situation where I would be able to be alone in the shop if possible,” Ms. Axelbank said. “He doesn’t work on Monday and Sunday, and those are the days I’m going to be alone in the shop,” she said.
Ms. Axelbank has been cutting hair for 35 years, but said she founded Someplace Special about a decade ago after realizing that children’s hair was her true calling.
Since then, her business has grown into a destination for kids’ haircuts. She said she’s acquired customers who will drive as far as 50 miles to bring their kids to see her and in 2009, a city guide for parents, goCityKids, named Someplace Special New York’s best haircutting place for children.
The business will maintain its old phone number.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Someplace Special, a great children's haircut and barber shop near Riverdale Avenue, where special needs children and children who are afraid of haircuts are welcome... is making a move!

Someplace Special, Haircuts and Toys for Kids, will be making a big move very soon to a new location not far from where we are now.

It is important to note that I am NOT moving to Riverdale Avenue. 
The store that you see with a children's haircut sign directly on Riverdale avenue is NOT me. 
I have been in the neighborhood now, doing what I do for 10 years and loving every minute of it. If you are looking for ME, Suzanne the haircutter,  for the time being I am still at 490 West 238th st, and my number is 718-432-6622. You can also email me at Someplace Special.

With 35 years of haircutting experience, and almost 20 with mostly children, I bring alot of experience, love, and respect to the table. Keep in mind that I also have experience in the field of special needs working with autistic children and multiply disabled kids in the DOE.

You will never find someone doing as much crawling on the floor and walking around the train table at the same time as cutting hair as I do, and I find it all a wonderful challenge.

The plans are not complete yet, but they are in the please stay tuned.

Thanks all!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Why I Love Cutting Children's Hair...Right Off Of Riverdale Avenue In The Bronx..I Welcome Typical Kids, And Special Needs Children.

The Secret To My Children's Hair Salon/ Children's Barber Shop

Find something you love to do, and you will never work a day in your life.

I was thinking about this quote today. It is so true!  Some people ask how I ended up being a haircutter that works mostly on children?  It was such an easy choice for me!

For years,  I worked in a regular salon doing adult's and children's hair...I was like every other stylist...when I was assigned to do a child, I felt like I was doing the customer a favor. Some stylists complained that it was a waste of time, but I didn't mind as much, so little by little I ended up with more and more children coming to me. It wasn't my first choice in the beginning, but after awhile, I started to enjoy it, and eventually, when a child came in,  I jumped at the chance.

I realized something...that when I looked at a child, I knew exactly what to do...I knew exactly what should and could be done to make that child's hair look the best it could be. Somehow I had never felt so confident working on adults. Eureka! With children!  That was where I belonged!

Compare it to an artist who works in watercolors and who might not be as comfortable with oils, that was, and is, how I felt. A little person was (and still is) my medium,  my watercolor. An adult, that was my oil, not something I enjoyed as much.

Yes, I still have some adult customers who have been with me for years, and I treasure them, but I don't encourage new ones.

I am not someone who does every haircut I can just for the money. That would be work. I am someone who does what I love, and you know the rest!

So keep in mind, when you bring your child to a salon that works mostly with adults, they are doing you a favor when they cut your child's hair.  When you bring your child to me, you are doing me a favor, because I love what I do and you give me the chance to do it.

At Someplace Special, ALL children are welcome. I have extensive experience with children who have special needs, having worked in the NYC Board of Education with autistic children, and children in wheelchairs. and more than anything, again I truly enjoy what I do. I RESPECT your child.

I will get on the floor and follow your child around and play with them for as long as it takes. Oxygen canisters, trachs, whatever your child's situation, I am happy to meet you! I do not promise a tear free one can...but I promise, to the best of my ability, that I will work as hard as I can with the utmost patience and love, to make the haircut a good experience for all concerned. Again, I have respect for YOUR child!

I have 35 years of haircutting experience, and over 15 of them are primarily with children. I worked in a very famous children's hair salon for five years and for ten in my own.

I have a small, not overly stimulating salon, attached to a wonderful children's bookstore called The Page Turner,  where your child will be the only one getting a haircut at any given moment.

People come to me from a 50 mile radius. Manhattan (Upper west side, Dyckman St., Washington Heights, Inwood,  everywhere...even Chelsea, and Soho!) Queens, and Brooklyn,  All over the Bronx, and Westchester and Orange county...Too many places to mention!

So please give me a call at 
Haircuts and Toys for Kids 
or come see me at 
490 West 238th street 
right off of Riverdale Avenue 
I love what I do...and I know you will too!

And don't forget to check out our video below!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Customers From All Over Come To My Bronx Children's Hair Salon/Barbershop. Just The Other Day I Met A Bunch In Manhattan!

I've been meaning to write this post for weeks!

I went out to eat one night at a really great restaurant, Papasito's Mexican Grill in Inwood, which is right next to a friend (and customer's) lingerie shop, Brazen Lingerie, Both on Dyckman street, in Manhattan, New York.

As my husband and I sat having our wonderful meal, (me lamb chops, him shrimp,) I noticed a table full of young moms. You could tell they were young moms because as each walked in they all looked so happy to be unencumbered. You could see each looked as light as a feather, on their own and ready to chow down on some great Mexican food, and have a fun moms night out!

I thought one looked familiar.  My husband said "Go say hello,"  but I never like to bother anyone.  Finally with some more encouragement from him, I got over my shyness and went over to say hello to the mom I first recognized. How happy I was to see that out of the 10 or so women at the table, at least 6 or 7 of them jumped up to say hi, and were excited to see me because I cut their kids hair!

It was so nice to see!  I wasn't even in my store, Someplace Special's neighborhood , yet Papasito's Mexican Grill was full of my customers.


As I have said, people come to me from all over. True, Inwood and Washington Heights are not that far from the stores location at 490 West 238th st. in Riverdale, the Bronx, NY, but people from a 50-60 mile radius have made their way to me regularly over the years, and I do not take that lightly. I always do my best to make everyone happy! And of course, I LOVE WHAT I DO!

Thanks for coming ;-)