Aug. 11, 2014 By Christian Murray
Bonjour European Hair Design, located at 44-19 Queens Blvd, opened Saturday taking over the space that had been previously occupied by Magic Touch Hair Salon for decades.
Sergio Cassandres, the owner of Bonjour, has been part of the Sunnyside hairdressing landscape for several years. He had owned a hair salon at 43-46 44th Street, called Europea Hair Salon, for 5 years prior to closing it in March–after his lease expired.
Cassandres’ lease came to an end around the same time that Magic Touch closed. Magic Touch closed after the long-time owner died and the deceased’s daughters struggled to keep it going, several sources said.
“My new location is bigger and nicer [than the 44th Street space] and there is more opportunity being on Queens Boulevard,” Cassandres said.
“I also wanted to stay in the neighborhood after my lease came to an end since I live around the corner and I have a steady clientele,” Cassandres, who has lived in Sunnyside for the past 10 years, said
He said he had to renovate the old salon from top to bottom since it had not been updated in 30 years.
Cassandres’ former 44th Street location is now occupied by Lucky’s, which does facials, waxings, hair and threading, while Bonjour focuses solely on hair.
Meanwhile, a dentist office—called Affordable Dental—is opening at 44-17 Queens Boulevard next week.
The dental office took over space that was previously occupied by Carpati Transport, which was in the business of shipping items to Romania. The owner of that business retired and the dentist took over the lease.
In other business news, a new physical fitness studio called Blaze Fitness is coming to 45-12 43rd Avenue, in a small space that was previously occupied by Vizhnay Accounting & Tax Services.