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Simon Bounces Back

Simon-Salon-Buffalo-NY-4It didn’t take long for hair stylist, rock n’ roller and friend of Buffalo, Jon Simon, to rebound after losing his salon space on Elmwood (near Breckenridge). After scoping out a number of options, Jon finally settled on a sub-level industrial spot that suited his needs to a T. What began as a somewhat frenzied move out of his former habitat, turned into a blessing in disguise for the high spirited, low profile stylist.

Simon-Salon-Buffalo-NY-3When Jon first inquired about 140 Anderson Place (near corner of Elmwood), he was told that he would also have to take the two-storey storefront (inset right) on the Elmwood side of the building – the two spaces were bundled together as one. But Jon didn’t need all that space, so the building owner came up with a solution that Jon agreed to. A young cobbler had also been looking at the space (story to come). An agreement was made that Jon would take the back space, and the cobbler would occupy the front. “Talk about head to toe service,” said Jon [laughing). “People will be able to get their hair styled and get their Ferragamo shoes fixed at the same time.”

Simon-Salon-Buffalo-NY-1Simon-Salon-Buffalo-NY-2This corner building is a great asset to Elmwood Avenue. Simon’s eclectic taste in design, and his unconventional nature, will add a vibe to this corner that will go hand in hand with its funky, sneaker-styling neighbor – Sole High.

Simon clients will be happy to see the stylist back in business. They will also be happy to see that Jon has funkified his digs in a similar fun and fanciful manner. From Bluetooth lightbulb speakers to Crystal Beach and LL Berger design oddities, Jon’s ability to work with any interior, no matter the configuration, speaks to his many talents. Jon has been a staple in the art and Simon-sign-Buffalo-NYmusic scene for decades – he was a big supporter and friend of artist/musician Mark Freeland, and he has been a Music is Art proponent for as long as the event has been around.

Jon Simon is synonymous with Buffalo’s free spirited nature. As long as I have known him he has always trampled his own path. Now that path has led him to another chapter in his stylist career. The man was determined to stick around a neighborhood that he has helped to mold for decades. It just goes to show his resilient nature. When the s*#t hits the fan, Jon just goes out and buys a new fan – one that’s super retro and chromed out. That’s the way he has always operated, which is fortunate for his dedicated clients.

Simon Salon | 140 Anderson Place | Buffalo NY | (716) 883-2550


Written by 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, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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