The Community Effort That is Keeping a Local Salon on it’s Feet in a Time of Crisis


At some point between Wednesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 17th the whole ceiling at Prive Salon in Ambler came crashing down in the storm due to a roofing issue, and the salon incurred massive water damage.

When owner, Kathryn Picraux unlocked the door to her salon on Thursday morning, she was met with a collapsing ceiling and the disaster that followed.  It was devastating.  Everything she had built and designed when she opened Prive, was now severely damaged.

Kathryn was mostly concerned about the comfort of her clients and employees, but it didn’t take long before Anthony and Josie Troilo, her former employers, mentors and owners of Citrus Salon and Day Spa in Blue Bell and Trisha, owner of Barberella Salon in Ambler,  all reached out to lend a hand as soon as they heard the news.  In no time, Kathryn’s clients, her employees and their clients were re-directed to both salons and worked into their schedules.  Both salons have gone out of their way to help out in Prive’s time of need, and will continue to welcome clients and stylists during it’s re-building. had a chance to talk to Kathryn this week, and despite the amount of damage and work that has to be done to Prive, the real meaning of having a business in a tight-knit community is not lost on her:

“…the sense of community is amazing.  The amount of support we have been shown is such a positive thing.  The relationships I’ve made are a blessing…”

A complete demo and re-build is necessary and expects to take about another month. But, also in true community effort, Kathryn mentioned that all of the businesses helping with the demo and re-build of Prive Salon are Ambler based, and each reached out immediately to help her build her business back.

*All photos courtesy of Kathryn Picraux


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