March 6, 2009

Marblehead — The talented hairstylists at Bliss Salon on Pleasant Street in Marblehead are putting their scissors to work for a good cause. They recently started offering free haircuts to developmentally disabled individuals involved with the North Shore Arc as a way to give back to the community.

April 13, 2009

Marblehead — On Feb. 11, over 100 local businesses came together to join Bliss Salon and Bobbles and Lace for a silent-auction-and-fashion-show fundraiser to benefit Haiti, which raised $9,222. All proceeds were sent to ShelterBox USA, a nonprofit organization that provides the basic necessities for disaster relief.

“We were thrilled with the outpouring of support from local businesses and from those who attended,” said Kim Cutting. “When business owners combine their efforts for a beneficial cause, the results can be powerful and satisfying.” 

June 10, 2009

Marblehead — Yes, they got to keep the dresses.

Two North Shore Arc recipients led the runway, modeling fashions provided by Marblehead’s Bobbles and Lace, located at 92 Washington St., with hair styled and makeup applied by Bliss Salon, located at 165 Pleasant St., where Night of Style and Art took place on Thursday, June 4 to raise funds for North Shore Arc.

Night of Style and Art was a way to help the North Shore Arc raise awareness and support for the programs and services it offers for children and adults living with developmental disabilities.

It took a fashion show with 10 models, 38 outfits and 10 cases of champagne to encourage approximately 150 people to raise $1,000. The funds were raised in suggested donations for entry to the show, as well as in a raffle. Select paintings and sculptures — both originals and limited editions — were also on display and available for purchase from the North Shore Arc’s ArcWorks program.

In addition to donations from Bliss Salon and Bobbles and Lace, Manhattan Sandwich Shop, located at 1 Bessom St., donated sandwiches, coleslaw and potato salad. And Bobbles and Lace co-owner Lindsay Rose Rando donated the musical talent of her husband Derek, along with Sarah Gount, who provided the sweet sounds of the violin, with Nick Yeager on standup bass. 

November 23, 2009

Marblehead — In 2009, Bliss Salon in Marblehead began examining ways to make a difference on how the hair-styling industry impacts the environment. The company first took a look at the obvious: retail and the plastic bottles in which products are sold. Bliss sells an average of 100 pieces of “retail” a week.

So Bliss set about finding the answer: How could the amount of plastic be reduced without reducing the amount of product sold? After creatively putting heads together, the Bliss Green Bar was born. Clients can now bring in their empty containers and have them refilled for 15 percent off the original retail price. The consumer wins, and the amount of plastic that would otherwise sit in a landfill is reduced.

The next riddle the company set to solving was, “What about all the hair that is cut and then thrown to the trash?”

Turns out, there is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization named Matter of Trust that takes hair from salons and barbershops and presses it into mats that absorb oil and other potentially environmentally hazardous liquid spills. Bliss Salon has sent its first 50 pounds of hair to the organization, which will be turned into multiple 4×4 mats.

“Our hope is that other salons will pick up on these trends and continue to take steps to improve how the hair industry impacts our planet,” the salon said in a press release.