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A History of Beauty Innovation
Robert Andrew's roots extend back to the 1960s when Owner/CEO, Robert Andrew Zupko, operated nine traditional beauty parlors operating under the name Robert Andrew Hairstyling and niched as a chain of upscale neighborhood salons servicing clients with roller-sets only. As the beauty industry grew more demanding, Robert released all but one of his nine salons, Robert Andrew Hair-Skin-Nails. Here he focused on meeting the ever-changing needs of his growing clientele.
Years later, Robert and his daughter Melissa—now President and co-owner of Robert Andrew—realized the need to adapt once again. Their facility simply could no longer accommodate all of the needs of their clients, which included more skin care and spa services, such as massages and body treatments.
In 1996, after more than twenty years in business, Robert Andrew Hair-Skin-Nails became the Robert Andrew Day Spa Salon, a 7,000 square foot facility that could better service the needs of their clientele. The expansion from salon to day spa salon brought Robert Andrew unprecedented success as one of the very first "true" day spa salons in the United States. In 1997, Modern Salon Magazine honored the Robert Andrew Day Spa Salon with one of the most prestigious awards in the beauty industry – The 1997 Modern Salon of the Year. The day spa salon was then named one of the Top 200 Salons In North America by Salon Today Magazine for four consecutive years, and Robert Andrew was fast on its way to realizing the goal of becoming the premier day spa experience on the East Coast.
In the summer of 2002, with the creation of their latest state-of-the-art facility—Robert Andrew – The Salon & Spa: a 22,000 square foot, Tuscan-themed salon and spa—Robert Andrew has once again raised the bar for day spas in the area. Centrally located between Washington D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore, Robert Andrew delivers the rich, indulgent experience of a destination spa. It is the only day spa salon of this caliber in the area, and is presently one of the largest day spas in the country!
Soon after the opening of the Robert Andrew Spa, focus went to filling another niche in the community and Rush! Express Salon & Spa Bar was created and housed in the former day spa facility just one mile down the road. Rush! was designed for at the “young and the young at heart”, and included high-powered tanning beds and offered all the latest trends in nail, skin and hair services.
For the next 3 years Rush! won numerous industry design and concept awards. As clients’ needs continued to evolve, Robert Andrew evolved with them, converting Rush! Salon into the Robert Andrew Medical Spa in the summer of 2006. This state-of-the-art facility specializes in advanced aesthetics, laser treatments and medical focus. In a separate facility just next door is the new Robert Andrew iSALON. iSALON combines a less formal atmosphere with a more contemporary decor, and was created to offer an advanced level of hair color and design services from a team of talented, new stylists.
Just the Beginning
Though Robert has turned operational responsibilities over to his management team, he still sees more growth in Robert Andrew’s future. As quoted in Baltimore CEO Magazine, “Any time someone asks me what I attribute my success to, I say ‘blah, blah, blah,’ and luck. You make your own luck but many people can spot the opportunities that go with it.”