Pin Up Girls Salon set and styling in Ocean View
It was their moment.
So much so that, on the morning of Aug. 25, upon entering the newly renovated space above Ocean Vayu Yoga and Pivot Physical Therapy, on what was to be the day of their grand opening, Angela Hutton, Amy Smith and Kira DiSabatino — the proud new owners of Pin Up Girls Salon in Ocean View — took full advantage of it, very literally jumping for joy to mark both the occasion and the milestone.
“I won’t lie — we walked in this morning, and we just collided and hugged. We acted like a bunch of little girls, screaming,” said Hutton with a laugh. “It feels amazing. It finally feels like we’re at home.”
PUG’s three co-owners may be embarking on a brand new venture but they are by no means strangers to the scissors and chair, each with an extensive salon résumé, having worked together at a salon in Millville for the past seven years. That’s where they not only honed their craft, but spent days dreaming about eventually going out on their own.
“We were always talking about our own salon. There were so many things that we wanted to offer,” explained Hutton. “We wanted to give our clients more of an experience, not just the service.”
“We just wanted something a little bit different, something we could put our spin on,” added DiSabatino. “This whole vintage vibe just clicked with all of us and snowballed into this awesome opportunity.”
As the name suggests, Pin Up Girls Salon is all about vintage style — bringing together the space’s sleek atmosphere with elements of what they like to think of as the Golden Age of hair in the 1950s and 1960s.
Hanging on the shop’s soft green pinstriped walls is evidence of their homage to those decades: classic depictions of the time’s perpetual beauty in the form of artwork and framed photographs.
“I feel happy here. It’s sunshine, it’s glowing, it makes you feel up. And I am glad they do have an elevator,” said Ginny Johnston, an Ocean View resident and a long-time client of Smith’s, with a laugh. “What more could you ask for?”
“Up-to-date, modern, sophisticated, catering to a new generation of young retirees,” added Vicki Cook of what she was looking for in a salon after poking in a curious head to check things out on that Thursday.
Recently moved to the area from Northern Virginia, Cook went on to explain that she had been anxiously awaiting the opening and had previously been traveling as far as Newark in her search for a new hairstylist.
Of course, just because the motif says “retro” doesn’t mean that Hutton, Smith and DiSabatino aren’t keeping up with modern styles and trends.
Frequently, the three PUG proprietors hit the road for hair shows to do just that, all the while keeping up with the in-vogue and keeping tabs on the latest in style-related social media hashtags.
The shop offers an extensive list of services, specializing not only haircuts for men, women and kids (mothers themselves, they made sure to include a play center for children), but almost anything else that caters to the coif.
Blowouts and stylings, coloring and contouring, perms, specialty treatments, hair extensions and even waxing are all combed out by appointment. And as for damaged hair, they can handle that, too.
“We know how to treat your hair, protect your hair. We can rebuild your hair if it’s been damaged,” Hutton said of the team. “We all have a very high base clientele that’s been following us for a while.”
After the ’do is done, freshly clipped clients can get the skinny on an array of hair and beauty products offered at the shop, all which have been tried and trued by the stylists themselves.
One of those featured products includes Beauty & Pin Ups — a haircare company centered around “beauty with a purpose” that donates a portion of its sales to charity organizations, such as Best Buddies International.
Other Pin Up perks include refreshments, such as coffee, danishes and muffins, with the aim being to pamper patrons on what Hutton, Smith and DiSabatino each said should always be a special experience.
“This isn’t something that you do at your house. You’re not going to get your hair blown out every day. This is something special,” DiSabatino explained.
“You really get to know people. They become part of your life. You become part of their life. Our clientele has been super-supportive in this whole transition. I’m excited for all of them to come and see this, just as much as I’m excited to be here for them.”
While right now it’s just the three of them, Hutton said they have big plans for the future. There’s plenty of room for more stations and in the coloring room for future additions to what she likes to refer to as “the Pin Up Girls team.”
For right now, however, that team of three is just happy to have gone from daydreaming, to living the dream daily, enjoying a moment that has been a long time in the making.
“It’s more exciting, because it’s ours now. I’m super-pumped to just get started,” DiSabatino said, noting that when she started hairdressing was her “a-ha moment,” when she finally found her calling.
“I have a daughter that I really just wanted to show that you could do anything you wanted. If you want something, you just go get it. You just do it. You work really hard, and you do it. I think that’s exactly what we’ve done, and I’m really excited about it.”
Pin Up Girls Salon is located at 29 Atlantic Avenue, Unit 6, in Ocean View and open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule a consultation or appointment, call the salon at (302) 537-1325. For more information, visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pinupgirlssalonllc or check out the “P.U.G. Life” on Instagram (@pinupgirlssalonllc).