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Merchant of the Month

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Pictured:  Jamie Avillo, Lisa DelMauro, owner, Lauren Lepore, Nicole Bellino, Silvana Baena and of course, Gucci the dog!

 

“Hello Gorgeous!” 

 

That is the greeting on the sign in the window at La La Land Hair & Beauty Room located at 36 Main St., winner of the Madison Chamber of Commerce’s September Merchant of the Month Award.

 

La La Land opened its doors in January 2014 and is owned by Lauren Lepore.

 

La La Land offers a complete range of beauty and wellness products for all age groups and budgets. It also offers a full service hair salon, a blow out bar in addition to makeover and eyelash services.

 

“In this industry people are very interested in remaining youthful. We offer products and services that make that attainable,” Lepore said.  “We use a professional line of healing hair care and offer the hottest blow-dry trends at affordable prices.”

 

Lepore says that she and her employees recognize that what is deemed "beautiful" is not the same for everyone. “We offer products that allow women to celebrate what is unique about them rather than insisting that they conform to one ideal about beauty. Our service philosophy is built on the notion that, above everything else, women want to be comfortable with who they are.”

 

  La La Land’s staff uses and trusts in the products they sell and they speak passionately about them, Lepore said. “We believe that what works for one woman may not work for another, whether it’s a perfume or a shade of lipstick,” she said. “We only stock what’s hot and effective.”

 

Far more than just a hair salon, Lepore says La La Land is a “play room filled with the latest and greatest and, of course, the ‘oldies but goodies’ in cosmetics, hair, body, skincare, candles, and gifts.” 

 

The design concept of the store was created so customers would feel at home while shopping. “Often times in commercial retail beauty stores, the products can be intimidating and customers are unsure of what they actually need,” Lepore said. She displays products as a customer might arrange them at home. At La La Land a makeup line is displayed on a chest of drawers and lip-gloss and candles are displayed on a dining room-style table. 

 

“La Land Land customers do feel the warm hospitality, like they are at a friend's home rather than the usually salon,” said Karen Meyer, executive director of the Madison Chamber of Commerce. “The soothing colors, chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and the well chosen fixtures create a professional and cozy atmosphere.”

 

La La Land encourages customers to test products before purchasing them. “Lauren and her staff have the pulse of the latest and hottest trends in beauty and wellness and they share their knowledge with clients. La La Land encourages customer feedback and has brought in several new lines due to customers’ recommendations,” Meyer said. 

 

“We genuinely want our customers to be happy with their experience at La La Land,” Lepore said.

 

“Loren’s staff sets a high standard in customer service. They take the time needed to talk to their customers and understand their needs. They offer quality work and develop lasting loyalties and friendships,” said Danielle Dixon, owner of d torr clothing & accessories, 36 Main Street. Dixon is also a vice president of the Chamber. 

 

The Merchant of the Month Award recognizes businesses for their contributions to keeping the Madison business district prosperous and inviting through the upkeep and design of their properties. The award program is administered by the Chamber and the Madison Downtown Development Commission. They alternate selections monthly.

 

La La Land is the sixty-sixth Madison business to win the Merchant of the Month Award. Winners receive an engraved blue brass plaque and the distinctive, blue Merchant of the Month banner, which travels between recipients. The award program was established in 2007 and the list of recipients is posted at the Chamber’s website, www.MadisonNJChamber.org

 

La La Land Hair & Beauty Room joined the Chamber when the business was launched. “I feel being a part of the Chamber is important.  It keeps you apprised of all of the town’s happenings and the Chamber fully supports its businesses,” said Lepore.  “This is an amazing town to open a business. My customers are smart, informed, beautiful people who are loyal. I appreciate them so much.” 

 

La La Land is thanking their loyal customers and clients during its first “Appreciation Day,” which is scheduled for Saturday, September 20. Refreshments, raffles of products and services and special discounts will be available all day.

 

La La Land Hair & Beauty Room can be reached at 973-845-2525 and www.lalalandbeautyroom.com

 

The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a non-profit, independent business league that was founded in 1943. The Chamber’s mission is to support and promote its dues-paying members and to enhance the economic well being of Madison. The Chamber has almost 200 dues-paying members, which include businesses, non-profit organizations and institutions of higher learning. 

 

For additional information about the Chamber, contact 973-377-7830 and or info@MadisonNJChamber.org. The Chamber’s website, which features an events calendar, the business directory and other resources, is located at www.MadisonNJChamber.org

The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a non-profit, independent business league that was founded in 1943. The Chamber’s mission is to support and promote its dues-paying members and to enhance the economic well being of Madison. The Chamber has almost 200 dues-paying members, which include businesses, non-profit organizations and institutions of higher learning. 

 

For additional information about the Chamber, contact 973-377-7830 or info@MadisonNJChamber.org. The Chamber’s website, which features an events calendar, a membership directory and other resources, is located at www.MadisonNJChamber.org.

Award Recipients:

  1. Gerlachs Jewelers - May 2007.
  2. Coviello's - July 2007.
  3. T&J Service Center, Inc. - Aug 2007.
  4. J.M. Egan - Sept 2007.
  5. Blush - Nov 2007.
  6. Traditional Okinawan Martial Arts - Dec 2007.
  7. Madison Car Wash & Detail Center - Jan 2008.
  8. Top Notch - Feb 2008.
  9. Statements - March 2008.
  10. Empire Szechuan - April 2008.
  11. Rose City Jewelers - May 2008.
  12. European Elegance - June 2008.
  13. Town & Country Home - July 2008.
  14. Main Street Submarines - Sept 2008.
  15. Madison Bicycle Shop - Oct 2008.
  16. Wild Things - Nov 2008.
  17. J&M Home & Garden - Dec 2008.
  18. Madison Honda - Feb 2009.
  19. Resto - April 2009.
  20. Hollenbach Family Chiropractic - May 2009.
  21. Museum of Early Trades & Crafts - Aug 2009.
  22. Rose City Collision - Nov 2009.
  23. Cramers Carpet One - Dec 2009.
  24. The Chocolate Rose Shoppe - March 2010.
  25. Hey Cupcake! - Nov 2010.
  26. Creighton Edward – Dec 2010.
  27. Tons of Toys – Jan 2011.
  28. Maison Décor – Feb 2011.
  29. d torr boutique – April 2011.
  30. Schnipper’s – May 2011.
  31. Doddlebugz – June 2011.
  32. Plaza Lanes – July 2011.
  33. Somerset Hills Bank – Oct 2011.
  34. The Provident Bank – Nov 2011.
  35. Takuma – Dec 2011.
  36. Starting Line Sports – Feb 2012.
  37. Gary’s Wine & Marketplace – March 2012.
  38. Drip Coffee – April 2012.
  39. DownTown Salon – May 2012.
  40. PC Problems - June 2012. 
  41. Coccia Realty - July 2012
  42. Blue Ridge Mountain Sports - August 2012
  43. Upholstery Plus - September 2012
  44. Poor Herbie's - October 2012
  45. Hair We Are - November 2012
  46. Madison Vaccum - December 2012
  47. The Blue Purl - January 2013
  48. The Nautilus Diner - February 2013
  49. Hilltop Community Bank - March 2013
  50. Salvatore Minardi Salon - April 2013
  51. Main Street Wine Cellars - May 2013
  52. Prima - June 2013
  53. July 2013
  54. August 2013
  55. Sprouts Consignment - September 2013
  56. Honor Tree Service - October 2013
  57. Madison Pet Shop - November 2013
  58. Erezuma Architect - December 2013
  59. San Francisco Mercantile - January 2014
  60. La Rosa Chicken & Grill - February 2014
  61. Odell &Crictchley - March 2014
  62. Madison Pharmacy - April 2014
  63. Madison Mane Salon - May 2014
  64. Rob's Bistro - June 2014
  65. Odell & Critchley - July 2014
  66. Dental Office of Dr. Allison Adams - August 2014
  67. La La Land - September 2014