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Groom Service Joins Hotel @ The Lafayette

In the end, maybe a gift shop at the Hotel Lafayette might not have been the best fit with the rest of the wedding-related businesses that moved in from the get-go. But, with the closing of room‘s satellite shop, the doors have swung wide open for photographer and make-up artist Katie Ambrose, and her partner Jen Hurley, to open a swank, line-exclusive beauty bar that aims to put downtown Buffalo on the map for extraordinary hotel salon services – one that will also be open to the public.

“We’re bringing some life into the hotel in the form of dry styling shampoos, the world’s best make up lines (new to Buffalo) such as Rouge Bunny Rouge (Moscow and London based), USLU Airlines (Berlin based – nail polishes and lipstick named after international cities and airports), and we’ll be working on a blow-dry bar after that,” Katie mentioned. “Then we’ll be carrying Malin + Goetz (shaving cream and lotions – unisex products) – also candles with scents that range from cannabis to mojito. Groom service will be part apothecary shop, part energy and healing and revitalizing oasis, and part relaxed getaway where clients can grab a martini from Mike A’s, listen to cool tunes, grab an intention card, and immerse themselves into a world full of beauty services and products… a happy place with good energy.”

Katie has been in the beauty and fashion industry for quite some time, working with Stila Cosmetics and clients that include Estee Lauder, Annabel Tollman, Eli Lilly and L’Oreal Paris. Also, through her connections in other cities, such as her friend who own Ruby Room in Chicago, Katie has managed to track down the best of the best when it comes to the bar’s offerings.

Ultimately Katie also wants to tie all of the beauty bar’s products and services into the hotel rooms. “Eventually, once we have established the beauty bar, we would like to work with ‘room’ (Buffalo business that decorates the hotel rooms) so that we can offer services directly to the clients without them even leaving their accommodations,” Katie added. “Our services would range from massages, raiki, crystal biomats (great for hangovers) to room and body essence sprays.”

If you ask me, this is the perfect addition to the Hotel @ The Lafayette. If their concept works according to plan, the business partners would like to create a more vibrant scene in the lobby of the hotel, full of life. “These are the types of relationships that you see with top hotels around the world,” Katie pointed out. “We want to change the entrance of the hotel into a busy place, with people coming in and out looking for products and services that are exclusive to the hotel. That buzz will also change the way people interact with the hotel – that’s good for us and it’s good for the hotel.”

Groom Service | Facebook | Hotel @ The Lafayette | 391 Washington Street @ Hotel Lafayette | Buffalo, New York 14203 | (716) 508-0857

 

Written by queenseyes

queenseyes

Newell Nussbaumer is ‘queenseyes’ – Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world’s largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • BuffaloBoi

    Nice!

  • Captain Picard

    Good luck, Katie!

  • bufforward

    Small off topic nitpick, but has anyone else ever tried finding the hotel Lafayette website via google? It’s damned near impossible. I searched just about every combination of terms, and no luck.
    I finally found thehotellafayette.com via a link from Butterwoods, which directed me to a somewhat cheesy looking site at hhttp://buffalobrewerydistrict.com/lafayette/. It looks like the pearl street site, which is fine for pearl street, but the Lafayette really should go a classier route, if you ask me. It’s an elegant building with some equally stylish tenants, I don’t think the cartoon buffaloes in top hats are quite the right speed…

  • millertime486

    It’s sad for me to see Room go because I want Downtown to be able to handle these kinds of gift shops like Elmwood and Allentown can, but retail is starting to return which is a great sign! I just need to be a little more patient

  • BeardedBuffalonian

    The reason why Room closed, was because all of their stuff sucked. Even the room on Hertel is pretty shitty. I’ve been to a Room store probably 6 or 7 times hoping for something funky and sheek, but the only thing I’ve ever purchased was a bear suit for an infant.

  • JSmith11

    Cannabis-scented candles, now there’s a gag gift guaranteed to entertain the neighbors and your friendly neighborhood police officers!

  • brownteeth

    millertime486 $130 for a small throw pillow that says Elmwood probably didn’t help the lack of sales.  I like some of their stuff but it’s not priced low enough to sell quicker.

  • KatieAmbrose

    There are non-drug, non-intoxicant, types of cannabis such as those used for their fiber, like hemp.