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SunnyBrook Living Care Center opens bakery, salon shops for residents, community

By VICKI TILLIS/Ledger lifestyles editor | May 19, 2014
Photo by: VICKI TILLIS/Ledger photo The Bee Hive Salon owner and stylist Amanda Brown applies color to a client’s hair. The Bee Hive Salon opened about a week ago in the SunnyBrook Living Care Center lobby. The stylists visit SunnyBrook residents each morning to comb their hair, massage their hands and provide a little stress relief, but it is a  public salon and everyone is welcome said Brown.

A cupcake shop and a beauty salon are the most recent additions to SunnyBrook Living Care Center.

SunnyBrook Sweet Street is in the main lobby of the care center.

“We offer complimentary cookies to our residents and their families,” said Colleen Warner of SunnyBrook. “Our goal is for residents to have this to enjoy. When families come to visit, its nice for them to be able to bring them here to get a cookie — it’s like getting a cookie at Grandma’s house.”

Warner also said the cookies and baked goods go well with coffees, cappuccinos and espressos served in the coffee shop, which also is in the lobby.

Some of the cookies and cupcakes are made from scratch in the little shop, but other items, including Dutch letters, Dutch apple bread and St. Nick cookies, come from the Jaarsma Bakery in Pella.

“A lot of people go to Pella just to go to that bakery,” said Betty Howell, SunnyBrook owner, as she checked on a batch of cookies in the oven Friday afternoon. “Now, we can take their orders, and the bakery can put it in with our delivery.”

Just steps around the corner from SunnyBrook Sweet Street is The Bee Hive Salon.

Owner and stylist Amanda Brown said the salon opened about a week ago.

The stylists visit SunnyBrook residents each morning to comb their hair, massage their hands and provide a little stress relief.

“A little morning fluff,” said Warner. “Who doesn’t like being pampered?”

The Bee Hive is a public salon, said Brown and everyone is welcome.

The new salon has two wash stations, two stylist stations, a barber-style chair and a nail salon.

“We have a barber on staff for old-style barbering — hot lather, warm towels,” said Brown. “It’s a treat for sure.”

The salon offers Aveda products, which are plant-based, and the staff members have been trained at the Aveda Institute in addition to their initial cosmetology training.

“That makes for great consistency in the salon,” said Brown, explaining there are Aveda rituals and complimentary treatments provided with the hair styling, waxing and nail services.

“It’s a huge thing for Fairfield to have,” she continued. “Coming here is an experience. We serve complimentary tea in vintage tea cups, complimentary wine … we do a lot of little things that really set us apart.”

Warner said the goal of having the salon and cupcake shop at SunnyBrook Living Care Center is to provide residents with the things they enjoy.

Warner pointed out that just because a person no longer lives in his or her own home, it doesn’t mean he or she can’t provide cookies to grandchildren or enjoy a social coffee with friends.

She said residents and their guests are welcome to socialize in the main lobby, which features comfortable seating, a large flat-screen TV and a “highly under used” Steinway grand piano.

Warner invited those with “a great talent and a gift to share” to come and play the piano.

The next project on SunnyBrook Living Care Center’s to-do list is a gift shop. Trinkets & Treasures, also in the lobby, is already being stocked with a few items.

SunnyBrook officials also are hoping to organize a group of volunteers for tasks such as manning the cupcake shop.

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