Brodie’s Beauty Bar brings personal care services to Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM – Sisters Mary and Olivia Brodie plan to pamper locals at their new boutique, Brodie’s Beauty Bar.
Townspeople have found full-service salons to be scarce in the area, saying friends frequently visit stores around Albany for beauty services.
The opening of Brodie’s Beauty Bar at 178 Clizbe Avenue on Monday will provide area residents with a local option for their personal care needs.
“I feel like Amsterdam needs it,” said Olivia.
The sisters both have a passion for the aesthetic arts that grew out of their love for creation. Throughout their formative years, Olivia and Mary developed their artistic talents while taking as many electives as possible.
After graduating from Amsterdam High School in 2015 and 2017, respectively, Olivia and Mary were unsure of their next steps. Mary developed an interest in nail styling after receiving a sloppy manicure job and took her advice into her own hands.
She eventually enrolled in a nail specialty certification program through the Aesthetic Science Institute in Latham. Mary encouraged her sister who enjoys skin care and makeup to enroll in the school’s aesthetic certification course.
Olivia partly followed her younger sister’s recommendation to learn how to better control her rash-prone skin and share that knowledge with others to help them feel more confident.
After getting certified, Mary started seeing nail clients, slowly increasing her local clientele in the Amsterdam area.
When it became clear that she needed to open a store to continue growing her manicurist business, she found the perfect space on the second floor of the multi-suite commercial building on Clizbe Avenue and took to invited Olivia to share the business by providing cosmetic services.
Partnering in business seemed like an obvious route to making their individual dreams come true with someone who each could count on.
“Opening a store was more of a long-term goal, so when Mary found this place it made sense to go together,” Olivia said. “I am excited.”
“I trust my sister for everything, I can always go and see her,” said Mary.
The sisters decorated the airy space with retro-inspired furnishings and bright colors for a welcoming atmosphere. Their common taste for mid-century modern styles helped to agree on the unique approach to interior design for a beauty salon.
Stylish workspaces will allow easy cleaning and sanitation for guest safety in two separate areas created by an existing partition wall.
Customers looking for a manicure or nail applications will see Mary’s vanity ready for them when they enter. Visitors looking for facial or body or eyebrow hair removal services can walk around the corner and make themselves comfortable on the table behind a privacy curtain in the Olivia section.
The space provides plenty of space for Brodie’s Beauty Bar to grow, potentially bringing in another nail technician and aesthetic services technician in the future.
In the long term, the sisters hope they can expand and open additional stores in the area, but they agree that they will always maintain a presence in the city.
“For me, the family is huge. I thought about moving, but I am very close to my family and it would be difficult to leave, ”said Olivia.
“I know people who have left Amsterdam and a lot of them have come back,” said Mary. “This is our hometown.”
For now, the sisters are focused on providing self-care services to area residents that will leave them feeling refreshed.
“When you take care of yourself, you feel better. When I do my nails I feel brand new, ”said Mary. “I hope customers feel relaxed and comfortable here and can unwind from their day.”
Brodie’s Beauty Bar at 178 Clizbe Ave. is open weekdays by appointment only. For more information on the services or to make an appointment, visit @BrodiesBeautyBar on Instagram.