noreen-logo-onlyIf you are in the St. Louis design community, or know someone who is, and don’t know Noreen Murphy, I bet you do know her work.

Christine Brewer

Christine Brewer

I have said for years that Noreen has the market cornered on cutting, coloring and styling the hair of our town’s many “artists,” both male and female. Perhaps her highest profile client is soprano and Grammy winner Christine Brewer, who performed recently with the St. Louis Symphony (again!) Noreen’s been doing her hair for years, and Chris drives in from Lebanon, Illinois, for Noreen’s expert services—that is, when Christine is not in New York performing at the Met, or in Italy, or Paris or London. Now that’s a great recommendation, I would say.

Writer Donna J Gamache

Donna J Gamache

Linda Loewenstein

Linda Loewenstein

Other high-profile creatives-around-town who come to Noreen’s for salon services include Linda Loewenstein (principal at Lawrence Group and head of their interior design studio, Colors); Dawn Jungermann (graphic designer and principal at Studio 10/8), her husband Kim Jungermann (architect at Lawrence Group), and their lovely daughter; Donna J Gamache [me!] (writer and director of communications at Lawrence Group) and my husband John Gamache (musician and writer and director of planning at Mid-East Area Agency on Aging.) The list could go on and on and on!

1218 Tamm: Noreen's & Urban Breath studios

1218 Tamm: Noreen's & Urban Breath studios

Noreen’s salon is in Dogtown on Tamm, at the corner of Tamm and Victoria. She’s in the same building (and shares an entrance with) Urban Breath Yoga.

Other neighbors that share the block in close proximity to Noreen’s include Seamus McDaniels (next door, across Victoria), Developmental Childcare Center & Cairdeas Coffee Shop & La Gra Italian Tapas (across the street.)

Noreen lives in Dogtown, a few blocks from the salon.

I met Noreen when she was just out of beauty college in the mid-80s and working in a salon on Laclede’s Landing. That was pretty undeveloped territory then, and everyone who worked down there at that time was a pretty forward thinking type. I worked at Hoffmann Partnership as director of marketing for their graphic design group with a young graphic designer just out of Purdue University named Dawn Smith (now Dawn Jungermann.) Dawn’s expert eye for design spotted some cool hair styles coming out of that salon on the Landing, and we investigated further. A few days later, we booked appointments together.

Noreen's salon is lower left | Urban Breath is lower right

Noreen's salon is lower left | Urban Breath is lower right

Noreen worked at that salon on the Landing for a few years, and she and another young desinger there left to open their own salon, together, in a tiny space on Euclid in the Central West End right next door to Left Bank Books and across from Kopperman’s Deli. They had that shop together for several years; it was called Eclectic. Her business partner moved to New York, and Noreen moved forward on her dream to have a full-service salon, which brought her to her current location on Tamm in Dogtown.

Dawn and I are still good friend and both still clients of Noreen’s. It would be a toss-up to say who, over the years, has referred more new clients.

Noreen is accepting new clients at the moment, and she has the most open time slots during the weekdays; she can take evening and weekend clients, as well. You can call her for an appointment at 314-647-0077, or just stop in and say hello at 1218 Tamm.

Let her know you saw her profile on this blog. noreen-business-card

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