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London Salon & Spa, Tucson, AZ


2 New Jersey transplants shun retirement, open hair salon-spa

A nice, relaxing retirement in a warm climate did not fill the bill for Bruce A. London and Robert J. Orsino when they moved from New Jersey to Marana more than three years ago. The remedy? London and Orsino opened the London Salon & Spa in January.

Tucson is about three to five years behind the East Coast in hairstyles and makeup, according to London. The salon was the second business to open in the Dove Mountain Retail Centre at West Tangerine Road and North Dove Mountain Boulevard. The partners opened in a construction zone as work continued on the rest of the shopping mall. London, 61, worked at another salon before they opened the store.

“We hope that they’re excited by what they see — the tiger carpet, the piano and the art on the walls,” said Orsino. “We want to evoke a time before glamour became casual.”

“It’s a warm, relaxing atmosphere,” she said, “and Bruce is phenomenal.”