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Prized Penzone: Local salon named best in North America

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You won’t have to travel far—some of you may not to travel at all!—to visit North America’s best salon.

Penzone Salon + Spa in Dublin was named the Salon of the Year at the North American Hairstyling Awards held in California this past weekend!

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Penzone Salon + Spa operates six salons throughout central Ohio, including a brand new location in the Short North. Their service menu includes hair, skin/makeup, massage, nails, and bridal.

Last year, the company marked its 50th anniversary with the reopening of its 14,000-square-foot Dublin salon and spa.

Scroll down to read (614) Magazine writer Olivia Miltner’s experience at the new and improved Penzone Salon + Spa Dublin.


The new Penzone is like stepping into a room that has collected everything millennial women are into. The salon and spa has plants growing on the walls, succulents decorating tables and health juices and energy balls for thirsty or hungry patrons. Local art hangs on the walls, they sell local beauty products, and sandwiches sit in the refrigerator. Crimson Cup coffee, with a special Penzone drink, is served in the “Social Room.” Basically, all it’s missing are cute dogs.

Of course, there are the typical salon and spa accents: around the corner are rows of almost every nail polish hue imaginable. A color station shows clients how dyes are mixed, the mirrors hint at taking an unfiltered selfie and shelves are filled with styling products. But these aspects don’t overshadow how much of a foil this location is to the “O.G.” Charles Penzone Grand Salon just across the parking lot.

The company, led by President and CEO Debbie Penzone, is trying to defy what many middle-aged women work hard to fend off: the wrinkles, dark spots and lost glamour of aging. On the eve of its 50th birthday, the salon and spa company that has always called Columbus home is completely revamping its identity, creating a Penzone that is younger, hipper and more closely aligned with the city’s style.

“It’s electric, exciting, all-inclusive,” Penzone said, adding she wants Penzone’s identity to include mindfulness and gratitude. “We are beyond beauty…How do you still continue to be your best self, and that’s really from the inside out, and the outside in.”

I haven’t been to a salon in over a decade, opting for a haircut twice a year at Great Clips and relying on drugstores for my clearly high-maintenance beauty needs. “Contouring” and “blowout” are not words that exist in my beauty toolbox. But, I have to say, sitting in the new Penzone location really showcased how the other half lives, and I could see how Penzone’s newest attitude could attract folks that would have never considered heading there in the past.

Penzone’s transformation has been happening gradually over the past few years. The opening of its new location was three years in the making, dating back to when Debbie first started visiting other salons and spas around the country looking for inspiration. When development on the new location was stalled due to a zoning conflict with the City of Dublin, she and her husband went ahead with two ideas that in the end paved the way for reinventing her company. First, Charles Penzone opened a barber shop, the Royal Rhino Club, in early 2017. With its 400-pound rhino-head statue mounted on a wall and signature cocktails crafted by Cameron Mitchell, the Royal Rhino attracts millennial men and women to its trendy Fourth Street location.

Later last year Penzone’s first yoga studio, LIT Life & Yoga, opened next door. The space hosts LIT Labs with themes such as “Harness your fear” and “This is me,” where all women rock their sports bras. Representing the company’s revitalized philosophy of holistic beauty and wellness, Penzone said she hopes the yoga studio and the salon and spa will help empower women and encourage them to love themselves inside and out, regardless of size, age, color or other characteristic.

“It’s fresh, it’s exciting. It’s all about community it’s all about being together and sharing experiences and moments, and empowering each other with those moments,” Penzone said.

All together LIT Life & Yoga and the Royal Rhino Club added a dash of urban youth to the brand that became infused in the latest concept: the new location has a patio where Penzone envisions host yoga classes for mindfulness and meditation and a women’s empowerment group.

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Penzone’s locations are a not-so-coincidental reflection of its clientele, and its hopes for expanding into the future. The original salon was founded by Charles Penzone, Debbie’s husband, in 1969. Since then, it’s grown from three artists serving a handful of guests to six salons serving more than 25,000 guests monthly. In its newest iteration, Penzone is evolving out of the suburbs and welcoming not just the suburban mom but also a younger, more diverse generation into its buildings. “We are on fire like Columbus is. I love everything I’m seeing in Columbus right now, that’s why we were so excited to go to Italian Village…That whole area is getting gentrified. I love it,” Penzone said.

The rebrand spans from the font it uses for its new name and its advertisements featuring “ideal clients,” AKA your average person, to its modern outlook on wellness and beauty. The concept will be rolled out at its various locations throughout the next few years.

“It’s not just your outer shell of beauty. You’ve got to be your best you and how do you find your unique beauty and live it,” Penzone said.

Accompanying these changes is an increased intentionality in design and detail. At the new location, the Beauty Zone is an area right in front of the main entrance that features a bar offering blowouts, makeup, skincare services and Beauty Labs to teach quests about trends and techniques. It’s a social area where everything is on display that doubles as a learning lab.

In the lather rooms, squishy neck pads are a fan favorite, and aromatherapy turns a guest’s shampoo into a multisensory experience, a theme throughout Penzone. Stylists have soft-close cabinets at their stations, and each chair is positioned just far enough apart so guests can only see themselves in their mirror. Floor to ceiling windows bring in natural sunlight and enhance a connection to nature that Penzone said the location was striving to strengthen.

The salon and spa is also expanding the services it offers, now with threading, hot rocks, and ayurveda. While having a dual mani-pedi, guests can choose to listen to a station through headphones, even with the option of working in some ASMR with binaural beats. Penzone even makes its stylists work under new names so that each person can easily be identified by clients. Two, Harley and Athena, were working at Penzone the day before it opened to the public in early May, and they both said they were excited about the new concept.

These changes don’t necessarily mean the cost of Penzone is going down; a trip to the salon or spa could easily run a guest over $100. But with all the options for personalization it now offers, Penzone is hoping guests will demonstrate why the company has been able to stick around for half a century already and is ready for 50 more.

For more about the rich history of PENZONE Salons + Spas and for locations near you, visit penzonesalons.com.

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2 tiny Columbus Zoo babies bring big hope for endangered species

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The newest babies at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium may be small, but they bring big hope for one of the most endangered species on the planet.

On November 1 and 3, reptile keepers at the Zoo’s Shores region successfully hatched two rare yellow-headed temple turtles (Heosemys annandalii), the first ever hatched in an indoor zoological environment. The breakthrough is critical in efforts to boost the numbers of temple turtles, which are facing extinction, according to a release from the zoo.

Keepers note that the two hatchlings are "very active" and "very healthy." They are being cared for in behind-the-scenes habitats as they continue to grow stronger. Right now, the hatchlings are about the size of a racquetball and weigh approximately 80 grams–the same weight as a small tomato. They will grow to be up to about 2 feet long and weigh about 35 pounds.

These two turtles were the only ones to survive out of their mother's nest. Of five eggs, one turtle hatched on its own, and the care team helped another break out of its shell when it was experiencing some difficulties. Two other eggs did not contain viable hatchlings, and the fifth egg did not hatch.

“Our team is extremely proud of hatching these turtles, as well as being able to do so inside the Columbus Zoo’s Reptile House," said Becky Ellsworth, Curator of the Zoo’s Shores region. "This is a wonderful achievement as our Animal Care staff has been able to learn more information about this rare and important species, contributing significant knowledge to the zoological community working to help protect these turtles."

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Local attraction makes “World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019” list

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Today, TIME For Kids revealed the first-ever World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 list, and among other international attractions, a Columbus business found itself in the mix.

Otherworld, which shook up the local entertainment scene when it opened earlier this year, was named one of the "World's Coolest Places" because of its quality, originality, sustainability, and accessibility. 

For those who haven't made the trip out to 5819 Chantry Dr. in southeast Columbus yet, Otherworld is an immersive and interactive art installation, featuring dozens of adventures, mysteries, and puzzles throughout its 47 rooms. Read more about it in our (614) Magazine coverage.

See below for the Otherworld write-up by Ellen Nam of TIME For Kids:

"Otherworld is an art installation built by more than 40 artists. They filled a 32,000-square-foot facility with large-scale works, secret passages, and playgrounds that blur the line between virtual and digital. Each of Otherworld’s 47 rooms is designed to resemble a science-fiction fantasyland. Visitors are encouraged to explore freely. Kids can fill in magical coloring books and solve puzzles. Those who are feeling adventurous can crawl into the mouth of a giant fuzzy monster."

To see the full list of the World’s 50 Coolest Places of 2019 and to learn more about how each attraction was chosen, visit time.com/kid-places.

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Treatments to Try: HydraFacial at Boss Gal Beauty Bar

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With the holiday season quickly approaching, stress and anxiety will be on the rise. While getting the stockings hung by the chimney with care is important, taking time for yourself this season to look and feel your best should also be a priority. We hope this series will bring you some self care inspo!

I've been plagued with clogged pores my entire life. I've tried the Biore pore strips, the blackhead comedone extractor tool, and even an as-seen-on-TV pore vacuum, but nothing has ever really done the trick.

And then, I see it: the HydraFacial.

Scroll down for a before/after + a chance to win a FREE HydraFacial from Boss Gal Beauty Bar!

The HydraFacial treatment removes dead skin cells and extracts impurities while simultaneously infusing the new skin with cleansing, hydrating, and moisturizing serums in just a few easy steps. Though results are immediately noticeable, your skin doesn't reach peek glow until a few days after the service, making it the perfect pregame to holiday festivities.

Click here to watch a step-by-step video

My clean pore journey took me to Boss Gal Beauty Bar's sleek, contemporary MedSpa in Clintonville. As an authorized HydraFacial provider, I knew I was in great hands. Kayla was my spirit guide, leading me through each soothing step with great expertise and care.

Step 1: Cleanse + Peel

Boss Gal likes to work off a clean palette, so the HydraFacial begins with a manual cleansing. This step feels a lot like a mini face massage, setting a calming tone right out of the gate. Next, the Vortex Cleansing method removes dead skin cells from the surface through water-based exfoliation, while glycolic salicylic acids soften the skin in preparation for extractions.

Step 2: Extract + Hydrate

This is where the real fun begins. During this step, pore plugs and dirt are removed from the face through the cleaning and suctioning action of the HydraFacial applicator.

I found this part particularly satisfying because you can actually see all the "gunk" that's been drawn out of your skin. You say, "Gross!" I say, "Gratifying!"

All the "gunk" extracted from my skin!

Boss Gal tops it off with a manual extraction session on the most congested areas of the face.

Step 3: Fuse + Protect

After removing all the unwanted oils, toxins, and dirts from the skin, it's time to seal it off. Using Boss Gal's super serums, the skin is infused with peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid for a glowing, hydrated look.

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Step 4: Signature Jelly Mask

The HydraFacial concludes with a mini hand massage while Boss Gal's signature jelly mask cools and calms the skin.

Before + After

I left Boss Gal Beauty Bar completely makeup free and felt great—really great. I was happy to have treated my skin to the TLC it desperately needed and getting a solid dose of relaxation I desperately needed. And, just like Kayla said, my skin continued to appreciate in glow for days after.

With holiday parties and photo opportunities galore this time of year, the HydraFacial could be your secret weapon to achieving bright skin and rejuvenation all season long.

Give yourself or someone you love the gift of pampering and relaxation this holiday season with a FREE HydraFacial from Boss Gal Beauty Bar! Just comment below to be entered. Winner will be chosen on Sunday, December 8.

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