By Janee Law
When visiting The Emerald Door Salon & Day Spa in Huntington village, clients must first ring the doorbell before they are let upstairs. They then step into the 1,500-square-foot boutique salon and spa, which delivers a homey vibe for clients.
This is what owner Deborah Kiley strives for. She makes people “feel beautiful, comfortable and relaxed” at the “cozy, luxurious boutique.”
“I love giving people that experience where they can come here in their yoga pants and sneaker,” Kiley, of Farmingville, said.
Walking down the spa hallway, earthy music plays as clients pass the waiting room, dedicated waxing room, dedicated massage and facial rooms. Along with waxing, massages and facials, the establishment also offers skin care and hair styling. Prices at the 8 Elm St. salon and spa range between $70-$100 facials, $70-$100 massages and $65 and up for haircuts.
Donni Shotwell, of Centerport, has been going to the salon to have her hair styled for the past five years. She said the ambiance relaxes her and she loves coming to the salon.
The salon and spa also sells hair products, including J. Beverly Hills and Loma; and skin products, including PCA Skin and Dermalogica.
In addition, Dr. Roger Horioglu, a Rockville Centre-based facial plastic surgeon, comes to the spa once a month to deliver Botox injections and fillers.
A mother of two, Kiley took over the entire business in 2011 after working there for 16 years. It was first opened in 1985 by a previous owner. Kiley’s services include hair styling and waxing.
Growing up in Smithtown, Kiley knew she wanted to work with hair since she was 9 years old. She said instead of spending the day at her father’s deli, she would go to the salon next door, which was called Southern Comfort.
Kiley said she was drawn to the salon and carried the passion with her throughout her life. While attending Smithtown East High School, Kiley went to Western Suffolk Boces: Wilson Technological Center in Northport. She earned her cosmetology license in 1990.
With the fall season coming in, Kiley said the salon and spa will be promoting chemical corrective skincare peels at a pharmaceutical level.
She added that she is always on the cutting edge, looking for new and innovative ideas to expand the services of the business.