Their friendship is what makes Bella Amici Salon so unique, say owners Melinda Bokeno, 47, Trista Grimm, 37, and Kristen Carmello, 34.
“The atmosphere in the salon is like a family, and our customers feel like they have known us forever. It is relaxed, yet very professional,” says Bokeno. “And we have found a good balance between befriending our clients and giving them high-quality service.”
The three women have worked in other salons together throughout their careers, but opened Bella Amici in Bel Air in 2004. All Harford County residents, Grimm and Carmello graduated from C. Milton Wright High School and Bel Air High School respectfully. Bokeno is originally from Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
“I am the only one originally from the South, but I wanted to live in a place with a down-home feel,” says Bokeno. “Harford County has that feeling of southern hospitality, and it’s a great place to raise a family.”
Bella Amici, which means “beautiful friend,” is a one-stop salon that offers hair, nail and skin care, as well as chemical, waxing, and spa treatments.
Jennifer K. Dansicker
Bella Amici Salon
624 South Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014