Hair Cuts on Main Street Continuing a Gardiner Tradition
By Laurie Willow
From Issue 14: Spring 2012
Dawn Foti-Correa has been cutting hair on Gardiner’s Main Street since last summer and has quickly become a part of the “family” of small specialty shops and restaurants there. The business people on Main Street have made it a point to welcome Dawn into the neighborhood and have done whatever they can to help her succeed and feel at home.
Dawn’s business has doubled since her arrival. Foti-Correa’s clientele includes local folks on their way to work, tourists heading to the Mountain and travelers on the rail trail. Winter brings more locals, as early as 8:00 on the way to work, or beginning the day’s errands—but Dawn has also been observed next door at the Village Market in her bedroom slippers, stoking up on coffee. “I don’t mind meeting someone for a cut at six A.M. if they don’t mind that I show up in my slippies,” she says cheerfully. In the summer, there are more tourists who drop in on their way to the Ridge or the Rail Trail or any of Gardiner’s attractions. A haircut with Foti-Correa becomes part of the “visit to Gardiner” experience.
Foti-Correa has been cutting hair in numerous venues for almost 30 years. She graduated from BOCES in 1983, and her career has stayed steady since. Her extensive range of varied situations and experiences have all contributed to the master cutter that she is today.
Dawn has cut in shops, including Ricci’s Barbershop on Main Street in New Paltz (behind the pink motorcycle). She has partnered in a shop in Newburgh, as well as run her own business solo in her apartment in Gardiner, just prior to opening the shop on Main Street.
Now, with the shop on Main Street, Foti-Correa has a real place of her own that reflects her love and whimsy as well as her commitment to the art of hair cutting. She is there six days a week. You can get an amazing haircut as a walk in or by appointment. Call Dawn at (845) 741 3063.