'Bookings Look Like Christmas': Bolingbrook Salon Opens At Midnight Friday To Get Jumpstart On Reopening

By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- When Phase 3 of the Governor’s reopening plan began at midnight, Salons by JC in Bolingbrook got a very early jump.

Owner Tom Salaba opened his doors at a minute after midnight and had three stylists working with customers.

“We couldn’t wait, Bernie, another minute after 12 to take care of our clients to make the world feel beautiful again," he said.

Salaba said his stylists thought he was crazy when he brought up the idea of opening just after midnight, “but after they thought about it for a while, they’re like, ‘We haven’t been making money in the salon. We need to go back to work.’”

Stylist Kathleen Santerelli was glad to be back after a couple of months of no work. She was cutting Jim Robbin’s hair at 5 a.m. Friday. It was to fix a do-it-at-home cut.  

“I’m just blending his wife’s job. She did pretty good," Santerelli said. 

Robbin jokes he and his wife haven’t talked since her attempt to cut his hair.

Stylist Missy Borse was working with customer Cindy Vales who had been in her chair at 4 a.m. Friday. Both were wearing face masks and Borse said the new normal for sanitation and distancing in salons should give customers some peace of mind.

Borse said next week’s bookings look like Christmas, because so many people have been going without haircuts for so long.

“Most of the stylists here are the main bread earners for their families, so they’re glad to get back to work and help take care of their families so we’re glad to have them back," said Owner Tom Salaba.