Mary Aleck - Founder Of Sanibel Beauty Salon
Mary Aleck opened Sanibel Beauty Salon on March 25th, 1951. Even though all of her equipment had not arrived on the Island in time, she was determined to open on March 25th because that's Greek Independence Day. On that day, she celebrated both her Greek heritage and her Independence as a pioneering businesswoman; as unbelievable as it sounds now, she had to have her husband file papers in court saying that she was competent to own a business. (true story).
The Salon opened with two hair stations and four dryers.
Actually...The hair dryers did not arrive for opening day so clients sat outside on a sawhorse in the sun to dry their hair.
Cistern behind Shop to catch rain water
The Sanibel Beauty Salon has come a long way in the 69 years
Her Legacy has been passed along to her Daughter MaryAnne Banta and her Grand Daughter Deena. Serving visitors and residents for 68 years, the full-service salon is the island's oldest, "Sanibel's first and finest" says MaryAnne Banta, owner. She's been running the business for over 45 years.
"Its been exciting and rewarding", says MaryAnne. "I love people and I love the beauty industry, We look forward to serving you".
MaryAnne Banta and her Daughter Deena.
Owners - MaryAnne and Joseph Banta
Founder Mary Aleck started her salon on this premise: "Keep Sanibel Beautiful".
We love and miss you Yia Yia...