If winter has you seeking a warm and friendly place, no need to travel far; the Allegria Salon in the Brooklyn Marriott has what you are looking for.
When you enter, you are likely to be greeted with a warm hug and kiss by Frank Codispoti, the salon’s owner, who brings a bit of his native Calabria to the place. Patrons are lulled by the soothing sounds of Italian favorites, heavy on the acoustic guitar and relaxing harmonies. It’s the atmosphere that makes it such a great place.
“I named the place Allegria to represent a lightness, a welcoming and happy feeling,” Codispoti said. “I try as hard as I can to create that tone. We all enjoy the day and the work we do here.”
That feeling is transferred to clients by the other staff members as well. Ross Cangialosi has been a barber in Downtown Brooklyn since 1963, the same year that Codispoti opened up his first shop at 66 Court St
Hanna Iskhakbayeva was trained in hair styling and coloring with Jeffrey Stein, and also does manicures and make up application. She has been known to handle all the beauty needs of entire bridal parties that are staying at the Marriott.
Gloria Alvarez rounds out the team, specializing in ethnic hair care.
When Codispoti’s lease was up at 126 Court S.t, it was his longtime customer and friend Howard Golden, the former Borough President, got him together with the developer of the Marriott. A deal was struck quickly and the salon opened in February, 2000 (the salon is technically in the lobby of the office tower at 335 Adams St. next door.
Allegria Salon [335 Adams St. between Willoughby and Johnson streets in Downtown Brooklyn, (718) 875-5500]. Open Monday–Friday, 9 am-6 pm; Saturday, 9 am-4 pm; closed Sunday. Visa and Mastercard accepted.