GOOD HUMOR AND GREAT COMMUNITY SPIRIT — Tien Nguyen, right, and fiancé Dave Condell sit in their newly purchased and remodeled El Dorado Hills Salon. Condell handles the business side of the operation and said it's best that he leaves the beauty services to Nguyen. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene


Salon owners blend business and charity

By August 18, 2011

When Dave Condell and fiancée Tien Nguyen purchased the El Dorado Hills Salon a little less than two months ago they knew they wanted to reinvent the business.

They wanted it to be so much more than a place to get highlights and pedicures. Condell, 46, and Nguyen, 36, wanted to build their salon around community service, and through the Community Partnership Program the couple now has the ability to give back.

“We’ve always had a strong desire to help,” Condell said. “We want to partnership with groups that make a difference in this area.”

The salon already has relationships with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department, El Dorado County libraries, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Golden Empire Council Boy Scouts of America. Every time a member of one of these organizations comes to the salon — whether it’s for a simple cut, waxing or a manicure — a portion of that sale goes back to the community partner.

Condell, who’s worked in the business management industry for 18 years, said he keeps an accurate tally of these transactions and sends out checks to the partners every month.

The salon welcomes other organizations’ representatives who are interested in becoming a community partner, Condell said. “Simply stop in or give us a call.”

In addition to taking on a new business model, the El Dorado Hills Salon also has a new look.

Condell and Nguyen bought the salon on June 30, 2011, and expanded and remodeled the space. They installed an air exhaust system to suck out all salon-associated fumes, making the place smell fresh. The couple also stressed that hygiene is their No. 1 priority.

Community response to the salon’s makeover have been very positive, according to Nguyen. “They walk in and say, ‘wow’,” she said, adding that even though they’ve only been open a short time, clients are already booking second appointments.

Services offered at the El Dorado Hills Salon include complete hair care for women, men and children, manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing. Nguyen has worked in the salon industry for nine years and currently has three other employees at the salon.

El Dorado Hills Salon is located at 881 Embarcadero Drive, Suite 5. For more information call (916) 933-4247 or visit

Noel Stack


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