With Valentine’s Day arriving tomorrow, we thought we would share with you the very special love story of our Owners, Andrew and Dee Stefanou!
Dee was born right here in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she attended The National Academy of Cosmetology in Stamford, Connecticut. After graduating, she went on to specialize in the art of makeup, where she won several awards for design and makeup (she’s way too humble to tell you this stuff, so we had to pry it out of her!). Dee worked in New York City at several very upscale salons and ended up landing a job at Noelle Day Spa in Stamford, Connecticut.
Cut to Andrew:
Andrew was born and raised in Cyprus, an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea off the coasts of Syria and Turkey. He attended school there through high school, where he received an outstanding education, as Cyprus is known for their high quality of schooling. Andrew left Cyprus to attend Fordham University in New York and graduated with a Masters Degree in Economics. After graduation he landed a position at a high-end salon and spa in Stamford, Connecticut. What salon and spa? Hmmmnn, well of course the same one Dee was working at! This is where he first spotted the love of his life! It was instant attraction and love at first sight (especially for Andrew, and who could blame him?!). These lovebirds began dating exclusively in 1991 and subsequently tied the knot 5 years later! It wasn’t long before their first child, a beautiful baby girl arrived, whom they named Alexandria. Two years later they welcomed their handsome son, Theo and this family of four settled into life in Connecticut.
Dee and Andrew decided to open their own salon and spa in 2011 with a very special concept! Their vision was a serene, elegant, welcoming spa and salon, where they would only employ the very best talent in every area of their business. Dee and Andrew’s vision was that each person walking into their salon and spa feel the warmth and kindness they exude (as well as each professional team member), and also know that they were receiving the very best service from their talented and professional team! They both wanted to differentiate themselves from other spas in the area, and offer clients a medical grade spa (not all spas are created equal!), as well as to be a “cutting edge” salon that keeps up on all the latest in procedures, techniques and products. Their salon and spa would also be affiliated with a top Plastic Surgeon, with whom they would work with to give clients the entire package. Today they are affiliated with Dr. Frederic Newman of The Aesthetic Surgery Center of Darien.
These lovebirds will be celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and Andrew, ever the romantic will whisk his love off to an exotic, romantic destination (as he does every year!) where they can rest, rejuvenate and rekindle! Dee shows Andrew her love and kindness every night by cooking him dinner, even after a long 12 to 14 hour day (now, that’s love!). Though they spend long hours together at work, and spend what little “free” time they have with each other as well, this beautiful couple manages to juggle it all, and still be each others Valentine year after year!
Happy Valentine’s Day Andrew and Dee!