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Oh how we miss fitting our brunch plates into 612 pixel squares at Van Dyke Cafe. Come September of this year though, part of the former cafe will be transformed into a hair-flowing selfie zone with the opening of Van Michael Salon. The other part? A source tells us that Lululemon is moving in, but we're still waiting on those details.
Detlev Gessner, a longtime industry pro who has his own salon in Coconut Grove, is going to be running the show at our Racked 38 approved Van Michael Salon now, which will be ending its 13 year run on Michigan Avenue. The salon will be taking over the entire second floor of the Van Dyke building, which was once the cafe's cool jazz bar. So we're swapping out jazz notes for 2,500 square-feet of hair dryer buzz. At least we'll have smooth, silky, AVEDA-treated hair.
You're either reading this with excitement because the team at Van Michael or Detlev Salon + Spa have salvaged many a horrid bang trim, or you're twisting in your chair with fury because you're imagining this architectural gem of a space is going to be swapped for a clean, cold, modern salon. Gessner is sympathetic towards your concern. "I want to keep as much as possible of the old unique feeling of the second floor. What w'ere gonna do is infuse some modern design but keep the old design. We'll have the brick walls exposed, but have modern pieces. We'll have the ceiling exposed but put some architectural pieces there," he says.
Gessner's Grove location will be getting a name change, which means that Van Michael will have not one, but two new Miami locations. Both brands are big on educating their staff, which is the reason behind their merge. For example, Van Michael's already flies in professionals on a monthly basis to get educated on new hair tips and tricks, a routine that surely won't end after the September move. Heck, Gessner even wants to make sure you're trained to do your own hair, and will be hosting lessons on how to blow out your strands at his future Lincoln Road location.
As for the first floor, Gessner tells us that Lululemon is going to be taking over. Don't worry, we're scraping out the details for you. In the meantime, let's talk about this switching of the "Vans" in the comments.
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