Crème Brûlée, a multicultural salon, is slated to open this spring inside The Platform’s Baltimore Station development in Detroit’s Milwaukee Junction neighborhood.
Owner Katrina Wilson entered cosmetology at age 13 and wanted to open a salon. With the support of $170,000 in grants from Motor City Match, Midtown Detroit Inc., and others, Wilson will open a 2,000-square-foot, full-service upscale and multicultural beauty salon.
The “place of sanity and serenity” for consumers represents a total investment of almost $800,000 in the community, Wilson states.
“It is a salon that was designed to serve people regardless of their hair texture or ethnicity, something that is hard to find in Detroit,” Wilson says. “Our salon is a mix of cultures, ethnicities, and style. Today’s guests want an experienced stylist with a specialized skillset that will enable them to work with their unique hair type no matter the texture and curl pattern.”
The salon will offer hair, nail, and skin services as well as beauty products. Wilson has worked in the industry for more than 18 years and is licensed in five states.
The community is invited to a behind the scenes preview inside the new space, located at 6406 Woodward Ave., on the corner of East Baltimore Street, from 2-4 p.m. on Thursday. The location is near Midtown and TechTown, Henry Ford Hospital, and the city’s medical center, cultural institutions, Wayne State University, and the College for Creative Studies.
Detroit Councilwoman Janee Ayers will attend and speak about the importance of creating opportunity for female and Black entrepreneurs in the city. Stylists and beauty professionals seeking to join the Crème Brûlée team also are welcome to attend, meet the owner, and learn more about the salon.
“We are committed to creating opportunity in Detroit’s neighborhoods,” says Peter Cummings, executive chairman and CEO of The Platform. “This stretch of Woodward is seeing an abundance of new life and investment, and more residents are discovering why the greater New Center area is such a compelling place to live. We look forward to Katrina opening her doors this spring and bringing this much-needed service to the neighborhood.”
Wilson also founded a nonprofit called The Cute and Covered Foundation, which focuses on teaching girls and women of all ages financial literacy, self-confidence, and etiquette.
Baltimore Station opened in May 2019 and features 23 loft apartments above more than 7,400 square feet of retail space. The Platform is a Detroit-based development company.
More information on the salon is available here.