Non-Tipping Salon and Spa Opens in Clarendon

by Katie Pyzyk June 19, 2012 at 2:30 pm 14,413 33 Comments

A recently opened salon and spa says it’s beginning to pick up steam in Clarendon.

Casal’s de Spa and Salon (3033 Wilson Blvd) prides itself on customer service and focusing on providing each client with a pleasant experience. General Manager of Operations Jeannie Shimek said Casal’s, which is an Aveda concept salon, offers great attention to each customer due to its smaller atmosphere.

Shimek said one thing that sets Casal’s apart from all the other salons and spas in the area is the complimentary services. With every treatment, customers are treated to freebies like a mini facial or a hand and arm massage.

She also stressed that it’s a non-tipping salon. It was a move that all the staff got behind after it began about 15 years ago, in an effort to highlight that the staff is made up of skilled professionals.

“The owner wanted to raise the level of professionalism in the industry,” Shimek said. “These are all professionals who don’t need a tip. If you want to tip, you can refer a friend.”

Although Casal’s is a small Ohio based chain, co-owner Thom Ciarniello lived in the D.C. area for more than 15 years after college, and worked in salons here. He’s recently been splitting his time between Ohio and Arlington, where his sister also lives. Ciarniello has been wanting to get back to the area, and eventually plans to retire here.

Ciarniello is also an artist, so he likes to incorporate fine art into the salon space. We’re told some people passing by on the street actually have been drawn into the salon by spotting the art.

Casal’s plans to hold an official grand opening celebration in September. Ciarniello and co-owner William McCauley wanted to wait until after the summer travel season slowed down, so more people would be able to attend the event. Details will be released as the grand opening draws closer.

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    Ha, the prices are a mystery.

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    • Arlington, Northside

      Prices are right there. I will allow my wife to spend her money at this professional establishment if she chooses. 😉

      • WeiQiang

        slick, brah.

      • Jane-Dallas

        But will she allow you to spend your money there?

        • Arlington, Northside

          She will spend my money there, but won’t let me even spend my own money at Home Depot. 🙁

  • arlingtony

    I’m skeptical. Like the old saying goes, there’s no such thing as a free facial.

    • ah o!

      not true. I give my girlfriend a free facial weekly.

      • Arlington, Northside

        B.S., it costs you TONS for that.

  • HayDiosMio

    45.00 for dudes, yeah tip was included big time already. Hair cuttery for me. 16 bucks, plus 4.00 tip.

    Y quedó bello, bro.

  • Buckwheat

    Amazing the cost of services!

    Across the street is Clarendon Barber. They do a fabulous job for $15. Slightly more for the ladies with longer hair. Don’t ask for Tina, she is mine.

    Aqua Nails down Wilson does both mani’s and pedi’s for the price of a single service at Casal’s. Don’t ask for Nina.

    Now for facials, can’t drag me away from Leila at Azure Spa down the street. Prices about the same inclusive of tip.

    A lot of spa offerings in the area. Must be the new fro yo.

    • JS

      “Must be the new fro yo.”

      Yeah, I have heard that it really isn’t low fat !!

  • Lisa Shepard

    I’d go to this just to avoid the uncomfortable TIPPING issue. it really bugs me to have to tip, and not know what is a good, fair tip. just charge me the full amount. make it easy. pay your employees better. and to top it off, you usually can include the tip in the credit card payment.

    –no fan of tipping

    • Hattie McDaniel

      “pay your employees better”

      Indeed. One can’t help but wonder if this business does compensate its employees more generously than its competitors. Given the state of capitalism in 21st century America my guess would be “no”.

      • Arlington, Northside

        They will have to if they would like to have any employees due to the reality of Capitalism 101.

  • ClarendonDweller

    Their prices are actually competitive with other higher-end salons around town. Yes, Clarendon Barber and Hair Cuttery are cheaper options and I’m glad they exist. But for those of us (I’m guessing mostly women) who like a spa-type setting to get whatever service done, this salon’s prices are competitive with others in the area. I might check them out just because of their no-tipping policy alone.

  • karzai

    Hopefully they won’t cooperate with the predatory towing scam that’s going on in the parking lot they will be sharing with Hunan One. If you so much as cross the street for a split second – even if you are a customer at one of the stores that share the lot, at that time – Advanced Towing will have your car on the hustings and on its way to their lot in Ballston. Hopefully some of us can get together and get that scam shut down….

    • Mike

      If you cross the street for “a split second” they will have your car campaigning for elected office (“on the hustings”)? That doesn’t make sense, although I do think a Honda could probably do a better job than many of our local politicians.

      • Smartle McArdle

        Leave him alone; according to his screen name, Pashto is his first language.

      • karzai

        You’re right, sorry, I misused the “on the hustings” phrase. I think I meant to say hoisted away – something to imply that a tow truck is lifting it up….


  • Em

    I’m a big fan of the Tulsi holisitic center in Georgetown. They won’t except tipping, either, and the massage I got was fantastic.

  • replytothat

    everything is “from $xx”
    I don’t trust that pricing

    • Tabs

      And it’s very expensive for waxing…

  • HayDiosMio

    I hear Trev is changing careers and would love to work here.

  • ClarendonBlvd

    Check out the Ohio prices compared to Arlington…

    • SamW

      Yowsas! Haircut is $40 less, mani $18 less. I understand cost of living is different but this screams “rip-off” to me!

      • CW

        Ah, welcome, you must be new around here. Now try buying a homemade pie or used bicycle.

  • SoArl

    I must just be used to downtown DC prices because this place seems really, really reasonable. I normally pay $70 for a haircut without the tip.

    • Traffic Jammin

      How much hair do you have? The place in Ballston near the intersection of N. Quincy and Wilson costs $16 for a basic men’s haircut.

    • Tabs

      These prices say $65 and up for a woman’s haircut. That translates to $65 (maybe) for short hair.

      I pay $75 plus tip for a good layered, long cut in Dupont Circle. Lasts 2-3 months.

      • sally

        Their prices are based on stylists experience not hair length . Most high-end salons are like this. I am from chicago and these prices are so commonplace, and I would much rather pay someone who is continually educated

  • sally

    I think the non-tipping policy is great. Even more interesting is the caliber of stylists they have working for them. Checked out their bios on their “casalsatclarendon” Facebook page.
    I can bet there would be a vast difference in the outcome of a $20 haircut and a $65 haircut done by someone who actually has advanced training. I am assuming most of you are unfamiliar with Aveda. Aveda prides itself on excellent customer service and is very selective with who can cary their product. Made an appt, going to try this place out!

  • sassy911

    You get what you pay for. This place is amazing and you will feel so special and pampered there. I feel when I am there “It’s all about me”. Absolutely love the Aveda products.


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