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Piece by Piece: A Wakefield Salon Rebuilds After Tragedy

A terrible fire consumed the old location in South County Commons

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We were all shocked and saddened when a fire at South County Commons completely damaged Spa Mosaic in March. Overwhelmed by the tragedy and then the outpouring of community support, owner Suzanne Reed picked up the pieces and relocated her salon to Main Street. We caught up with her recently to hear more about her challenging year, and to also get a peek inside her new space.

The last eight months must have been a roller coaster ride for you and your staff.

The fire was devastating. It’s impossible to describe how I felt going into South County Commons and seeing seven years of my personal and professional life totally destroyed. It was also an extremely emotional time for everyone who worked there and our loyal clients. I wasn’t sure how to move forward – it took a bit of time for me to see I could do this one more time. The support of the South County community was incredible. There were so many people that came to my side and encouraged me to rebuild the salon. I must have received over 300 messages from clients, local salons and even businesses as far as Providence offering their support. 

Congrats on your new Main Street location. How did you decide on your new spot?
I just happened to be next door at South County Art Supply and saw a “for rent” sign in the window. I immediately knew this was a great location for Spa Mosaic. The space was so open and inviting. And the owners were terrific to work with. The location has a great downtown vibe while still being relaxing. We like to call it the “cooler older sister’s salon.”

Are you offering the same services?

Yes, we are offering all of the same services, such as spa treatments (massage, facials and body treatments), hair care, nail care and waxing. We also have a fantastic new take-home hair care line, Davines.

As we approach Thanksgiving, what are you most thankful for?
I have always been grateful for those in my life and this year is no different.

I have three very caring children and four beautiful grandchildren who adore me – and vise versa. I can’t get enough of them. And a very supportive guy who helped me build our reclaimed mirrors, among many other cool pieces in the salon. They all kept me grounded during this very crazy time. I’m also beyond thankful we’ve moved past this awful disaster to the best of our abilities. There is no denying it set me way back, not only emotionally but financially as well. The silver lining is being in a smaller, more manageable space with the best of the best in the industry. We are all happy and grateful for what we have been left with.

What is Spa Mosaic planning for the holidays?
The holiday season has always been the busiest time of year for us in the industry. Trend wise, we’re seeing lots of romantic looks for the holidays, lots of soft waves. We are really looking forward to spending it downtown this year. It’s wicked fun to be a part of the community on Main Street. It will be super fun decorating, too.

Spa Mosaic
422 Main Street, Wakefield 
792-3030
SpaMosaicRI.com