A new business described as the first of its kind in Dayton is set to open soon in the Oregon District. The project will create another destination option and create jobs.
éclat Facial Studio, a facial aesthetic salon, is planning to launch the third week of October at 204 Wayne Ave. The 925-square-foot space at the Wheelhouse Lofts building formerly housed Speakeasy Yoga, which closed during the Covid-19 pandemic and did not reopen, but still maintains its original location on East Third Street. Amber Wenzler and Tony Witt of Apex Commercial Group represented the building's owner in the transaction. éclat Owner Karin Gaudin, who relocated to the Dayton area from Toledo about two years ago, said what makes her business unique is they perform facials in 30 minutes. She said at other salons, clients may have to spend 60 to 90 minutes on a facial, and often have to pay more. Gaudin said other salons could charge up to $150, whereas éclat's facials cost $54.
éclat, which is a French word that translates to sparkle, shine or glow, will be the first studio in Dayton that focuses strictly on 30-minute facials, she said.
"What we're doing is taking the fluff of the spa out of the facial," Gaudin said. "We're streamlining the service and making it more accessible to clients who are busy."
Within 30 minutes, eclat's licensed estheticians will steam, deep clean, exfoliate, mask, tone and moisture using non-toxic skincare products.
"We want to empower clients to be able to effectively support their skin in a healthy way, and to provide a unique facial experience where you can relax, revitalize and rejuvenate in an open, fun, positive and supportive environment," Gaudin said.
While Gaudin won't be performing the facials, she's hired four estheticians who will be available by appointment only between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. eclat will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
When asked why she believes her studio will do well in Dayton, Gaudin said the uniqueness of her service combined with the resurgence of downtown Dayton should attract customers who are looking for a quick and cost-effective facial.
"I looked at a few different areas, but when I was doing my research I discovered the housing market and work market are growing down there (downtown Dayton)," she said. "I also liked the history of the building and all of the new development that's happening, especially in the Oregon District. I'm excited to be a part of it."