Holiday open house to showcase new spa, help women’s shelter

A local business dedicated to beauty and self-confidence has spent a lot of time extending their mission to women in need.

All About U salon and spa are inviting the public to a holiday open house on Friday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to showcase their new spa in Millville, while also collecting special items for a Sussex County domestic-violence shelter.

They are collecting holiday donations of new pajamas, new slippers and new children’s toys.

The salon’s Kind Beauty Project collects toiletries year-round for The People’s Place sheltering program in Sussex County. This December, they specifically need pajamas for women and children; slippers for women and children; and children’s toys that are not battery-powered and not gift-wrapped.

Holiday donations will be accepted until Dec. 13. Regular toiletries and beauty products are accepted year-round during regular business hours.


Indulge for the holidays


On Dec. 13, both the existing salon/spa and the future spa expansion will be open to guests.

The open house will offer free light services, such as exfoliating plant peels, (first come, first served). Free refreshments will be served, while hair and makeup artists are available for consultations.

Since newcomers to an area usually seek a doctor, dentist and hairstylist first, “It’s a good time to ask questions,” said salon manager Robert Biles.

Opening in January, the Spa at All About U will offer body services including facials, massage, waxing and lashes.

The spa services are moving next door, “essentially because, here, we weren’t able to really make a serene getaway for a spa experience. So, that way, we’re able to offer the spa services that we have, but it’s more of a retreat setting,” said spa co-owner Kate Siladjev. “So it’ll be very relaxing.”

Guests can enter two types of prize drawings (and need not be present to win). Everyone will receive a free entry ticket to the door-prize drawings, with prizes that include free services at All About U.

People can also purchase $10 raffle tickets to a drawing for a massive gift basket ($450 worth of AVEDA supplies). Tickets will be sold all week, until the raffle drawing at 3 p.m. on Dec. 13. Proceeds will benefit The Kind Beauty Project, including makeup cleaning supplies and cash donations to the shelter.

All About U is located at 35825 Atlantic Avenue, Millville. The new spa is located a few feet away (in the space formerly occupied by the Taco Taco restaurant), sharing in the same parking lot.


Collections for the women’s shelter


When a woman flees an abusive relationship, she’s thinking about her children and her safety, not about packing her makeup or hairdryer.

For about two years, All About U has been collecting gently used beauty products and tools for the People’s Place domestic-abuse shelters in Sussex County.

It’s like a recycling program for excess beauty products, the hotel samples, the failed hair products and unwanted Christmas soaps. All About U has won a community service partnership award for creating a very successful Kind Beauty Project.

Donations arrive almost daily, and “Every time we do a drive, it’s met with overwhelming response,” Biles said.

The goal is to help women feel more valued and confident in themselves.

Regular donations can include hairbrushes, hairdryers, heat stylers, shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, deodorant, styling products, makeup bags, cotton balls, cotton swabs, makeup sponges and brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbands and more. They also particularly need tampons, sanitary pads and shaving razors.

Salon professionals will clean the bottles, sanitize the brushes and remove any questionable items.

“When in doubt, bring it! We will go through it,” said Biles. “You never know the little things you take for granted every day that someone doesn’t have.”

“When the women arrive, they basically have nothing,” Chandler said.  “A lot of these women go to the shelters, and they’re trying to restart their lives, look for jobs,” and confidence begins when they face the bathroom mirror each morning. A nice hairstyle, a dash of mascara and a spray of perfume can help people immediately feel confident.

For the salon, it was a natural fit, because beauty, confidence and styling products are their life.

“It helps them feel a little bit more appreciated when they are getting out of situations like that,” Biles said.

Other salons have started asking how to bring the Kind Beauty Project to their own towns.

For more details, call (302) 539-1925, email, visit the website, or visit


Finding a safe place


Domestic violence can affect people of any age, race, gender or socio-economic group. Both men and women can be victims of sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner, according to the CDC.

For more than 45 years, the Milford-based nonprofit The People’s Place has been dedicated to helping people find their path to growth and independence. They host a variety of programs and services for southern Delaware adults and children, including counseling, education, prevention, intervention, supportive services and advocacy. The People’s Place website is

They offer emergency housing and domestic-violence shelters in Kent and Sussex counties. During regular business hours, people can contact the Shelter Advocacy Freedom & Empowerment (SAFE) office at (302) 422-8033 or

In an emergency, always call 911; otherwise, call the SAFE 24-hour domestic violence hotline for Sussex and Kent County at (302) 422-8058, or the Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) emergency shelter program for Latina women and children in Sussex County at (302) 745-9874.

The People’s Place also offers batterer intervention services for domestic-violence offenders, victims and children; counseling centers across Delaware; programs for young people in the foster care system (ages 13-21); and neutral-location family visitation centers.


By Laura Walter
Staff Reporter