The Curtiss hotel is in line for an upscale neighbor. Capello Salon & Day Spa is looking to relocate from the second floor in Avant to a two-story building at 220 Franklin Street. Capello’s has locations on Main Street in Williamsville and on Transit Road in East Amherst. The northtowns locations are owned by Joseph Freitas. The downtown spa is owned by Lisa Martineck.
The Buffalo News has the details:
The $250,000 project, not including the cost of equipment and furniture, would turn the first floor of the 7,874-square-foot building – former home to Club 220 – into a full-scale day spa. It would have separate areas for massage, wax, manicure and pedicure services, in addition to nine haircutting chairs and three washing stations, according to diagrams.
The second floor of the masonry structure, which had been office space, would be converted into three two-bedroom apartments.
Capello’s offers a range of services including haircuts, styling, manicures, pedicures, facials, waxing, and massages. It will not be a second downtown location for Capello. The lease in Avant is up spurring the planed move to an expanded, stand-alone location that Martineck would buy and renovate.
Curtiss Boutique Hotel owner Mark Croce is excited.
“This is a great win for Franklin Street, I am 100 percent in support,” says Croce. “It will be a good complement to what we are doing next door and is a great use for the building.”
Croce is planning a men’s salon for the Curtiss and envisions working with Capello’s to co-promote the businesses. Capello’s customers could be given day-passes to use Curtiss’ hot springs, gym, and shower facilities for example. Croce will also be working with Martineck on access to 220 Franklin’s rear parking lot.
“This is the best possible outcome for that building. We are both high-end and service-oriented,” says Croce. “Capello’s has a strong customer base and this will bring more life to the street.”
Martineck is working with TRM Architects on the reuse. The Buffalo Planning Board will be reviewing the plans on June 16.