Karen Vito, marketing director for Cactus Salon & Day Spas, said roughly 20 staff members of the former T. Carlton's Spalon in Smithtown have become Cactus Salon employees and that number is growing daily.
"It’s a very small industry - everyone knows everyone. It’s a sad thing for T. Carlton because they were a staple in the neighborhood for so many years," Vito said. " We are happy to have them and be able to accommodate them."
When the owners of T. Carlton's Spalon realized they were no longer able to keep the salon open, they reached out to Cactus Salon's owner Joseph Secreti, according to Vito. T. Calrton's Spalon closed its doors on Aug. 2.
"They wanted to be able to protect their employees from financial disaster, instead of closing the door and leaving them no where to go," she said.
Roughly 20 hair stylists, spa technicians and nail technicians have started working at one of three Cactus Salon locations: Smithtown, St. James or Stony Brook.
"Every day we have been receiving more calls, so that number may increase," Vito said. "We also had many T. Carlton staff come to us a month ago."
Taking on T. Carlton's staff members has brought a growth spurt to Cactus Salon's business, as they recently moved their Smithtown store to a larger location and are in the process of renovating their Stony Brook location for a larger staff.
In addition to take on T. Carlton's staff, Cactus Salons across the area have "devised a system" to accept customer's unused gift cards and Gold Card member rewards. Vito said if a former T. Carlton's patron has a $200 gift card and has $100 worth of treatments at a Cactus salon, the customer can put 20 percent, or $20, of the visit on the gift card and pay only $80.
Former T. Carlton customer are advised to contact their desired Cactus Salon location for specifics on how Gold Card members and other specialty packages from the former Smithtown business will be handled by each store.
Cactus Salons has provided a full list of what T. Carlton staff members will be working at each store as of Monday morning.
"People work for years building up a clientele and to lose them would be a shame," Vito said.
Here is a list of where former T. Carlton stylists and technicians are working, under the name they were known at T. Carlton:Smithtown - Cactus Salon
(100 E. Main Street, 631-724-0005)
- Melissa Flo
- Jaqui Wilson
(556 Route 25A, 631-862-8622)
(2350 Nesconset Highway, 631-320-0700)
- Christine Frankie
- Maria Kirschner
- Kerry Patterson
- Danielle Lashes
- Melissa Naccarato
- Krista (Nails)
- Suzana (Nails)
- Gabrielle (Nails)