July 30, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge
The owner of a small Bayside hair salon is relocating and expanding his business in Astoria.
Called Dimitris Hair Design, the salon is slated to open at 31-72 31st Street this fall, owner and hairdresser Dimitris Dimitropoulos said.
Born and raised in Greece, Dimitropoulos moved to Bayside in 2007 and opened his salon shortly afterwards. With three stations and a small staff, the by-appointment salon was “kind of an experiment,” he said.
The new Astoria location will be much larger, with plans for 11 stations.
“It’s a big step,” he said. “It’s scary, but it’s exciting. It’s something new.”
Dimitris Hair Design will offer men’s, women’s and children’s styles. Services will range from cuts to coloring to up-dos and hair extensions.
As a teenager in Greece, Dimitropoulos learned the business by watching and helping his mother, also a hairdresser. He said he brings a European flair to the industry here in New York, and plans to hire hairdressers with a similar background in European-style cuts for the Astoria salon.
Dimitropoulos said he is also planning to include one station for nails and one for brow waxing, as an “extra service.”
“Mostly, it’s about hair,” he explained.
He also noted that he was interested in the 31st Street location due to its proximity to public transportation – the salon is steps from the Broadway stop on the N/Q line – as well as the vibe of the neighborhood.
“A lot more young people live around here, people who work in the City,” he said. “So I found the spot and I said, ‘you know what? I think this is right.’”
The salon is expected to open by October.