Get to know the ladies behind the chair taking care of your hair at Fleischman, A Men’s Salon. Meet our resident marathon runner and bourbon connoisseur Mari:
Describe yourself using three words.
Constantly moving forward
Tell us a bit about your salon experience, education, background.
I originally went to college for acting with a minor of fine arts outside of Buffalo. Mostly watercolor. I’m not exactly sure what the end plan was but as I continued my education I realized very quickly that theater was not for me. I started to creep further and further away the spotlight of the stage and worked mostly behind the scenes, making props and scenery drops. I started to work really closely with a group of boys who performed just Shakespeare in the traditional sense in that the men played the woman roles as well. This meant that I had to create and make a lot of wigs for their performances, which lead to me cutting their hair. After some time my dorm room had turned into a pop up men’s salon. It dawned on me that college wasn’t for me and I left to pursue my hair career by getting my cosmetology license back in my hometown, Syracuse.
Up until then my life rotated around upstate New York, between where I went to college in Buffalo and where I was born and raised in Syracuse. Minus the few months where I traveled as a tour manager along the east coast, I was a small town Syracuse gal. I knew that I wanted to do more than work at the average Super Cuts in the mall career that Syracuse could offer me, so the day after I finished cosmetology school, I packed my things and moved to New York City at the age of 19. All I had $60 in my pocket and a suitcase full of work clothes. I found an assisting job with Martial Vivot while he was still the head of the mens department at Paul Labrecque salon on the upper east side. I worked with Martial for close to 8 years, learning everything I could about men’s grooming and further perfecting my craft. Working on the run way, photo shoots and helping him open up his own place before I flew the nest and found myself drawn to the quality and relaxed vibe of Fleischman’s men salon.
What celebrity do you get mistaken for?
On a good day its a mix between Emma Stone or Mila Kunis. On a bad day its Jeanette from the Chipettes or a young Tyne Daly.
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Teleportation. Or talk to animals, but I would be insanely disappointed if they didn’t have anything to really say.
Do you have a nickname your friends call you?
My close friends call me Queequeg as a Moby Dick/X files inside joke, but most of the time its some play of words with my already mispronounced named; Mars Bars, Mar Mar, Maripants, Maricakes, Maritime, Marigold… Middle school the kids called me Rat Queen. Middle school is the worst. There was a couple of years where some people refereed to me as just Whiskey. But that story is for some other time.
What are three things people may not know about you?
I still am really involved in fine art. I have a few pieces being shown randomly through out the country. I have been known to DJ old country western records at bars in my neighborhood. I was prom and homecoming queen in 2002. I peaked in 2002. Its all been down hill since then.
Do you have a hidden talent?
I’m insanely good at hula hooping.
List your three best personality traits and then your worst.
My best traits are:
I’m a good and loyal friends to a small few, and a decent acquaintance to most
I am passionate about the things I love, whether its my Sean Connery obsession, finding old country western 45s, or throwing a birthday party for a friend, if my heart is into it I’m all in. Which is why I love cutting men’s hair, each client is a project and for that 30 minutes I am obsessed with perfecting their look and making them feel the best they can.
I am pretty damn fun. I like admitting that I am more fun that most. I say that with confidence.
My worst traits are:
I can be one moody bitch. Especially when I haven’t eaten. I get Hangry.
I’m one of the most forgetful people in the North East
I’m a hipster. There. I said it.
If you have 30 minutes of free time, what do you do?
Either go for a run or listening to records and fuss over my apartment. I’m really good at fussing over cleaning things that don’t make a difference at all in my apartment. Like cleaning the inside of my cupboards while my clean laundry is spewed all over the floor of my bedroom. I call it “selective procrastination”.
Name one thing you consider yourself good at.
Just missing the G train.
Name one thing you totally suck at.
Anything that involves me using my right hand. I am the most left handed person ever. I can barely hold a fork with my right hand.
I will forever have a deep deep love and connection to shitty Chinese food. Especially the beloved egg roll.
You wouldn’t be caught dead where?
At an Eagles concert.
List the contents of your purse.
Three drawing pens, the novel The Goldfinch by Donna Tart (amazing amazing book I highly recommend), my old and loyal iPod, my beat up ear buds that sometimes don’t work on the left side but they fit so perfectly in my ears when I go for a run I can’t throw them away, sketch book, my pendelton wallet, a picture of my mother, a five hour energy shot (sorry I’m not sorry!), pencils, crumbs from a chocolate chip cookie and a unacceptable large amount of change and crumbled receipts from, most likely, J Crew.
What story does your family tell about you?
My first spoken sentence was “Oh shit.”
What’s the last thing you’ve done for the first time?
The last big thing was running a marathon. The last small thing is bake my aunt Linda’s famous apple pie on my own.
What was the first thing you’ve done for the last time?
Had a shot a Jameson with a back of Maker’s Mark.
What part of your daily routine can you not function without?
My morning run.
What do you love about your job here at FAMS?
What’s not to love? I’m surrounded by inspiration every day. I have noticed that I’ve gotten even better at what I do because of the environment and the talented staff at FAMS.