Salon by the Sea, a little shop in the strip mall on San Elijo Avenue overlooking Carpentier Parkway and the blue Pacific, is where stylist Deana Dean will “curl up and dye for you.”
Deana came to Cardiff-by-the-Sea with her family in 1971, settled into a neighborhood west of I-5 and decided at the age of 23 she wanted to follow a career in hair styling.
She graduated from Fredrick & Charles Beauty College in Eureka, Calif., returned to the area and started working at Kids Kuts in Encinitas.
Fall of 1994 brought her to DMR Salon in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the following year the shop enlarged and became Salon by the Sea and on April 1, 1998, the shop opened with Deana as the new owner.
I was her first client that morning.
Deana’s folks owned Trinity Buckle Co. so she grew up working in a family operated business.
She attended Cardiff schools and graduated from San Dieguito in 1981.
Her daughter, Hannah, is now a student at MiraCosta College/San Elijo Campus and her son Daniel, named after her late brother Danny Dean, is in her old fifth-grade room at Cardiff Elementary.
Having her second child at 40, she knew that she wanted to downsize her business to spend more time with her family and her brother Dennis, a world-renowned yoga instructor.
Dennis was instrumental in assisting her and he now has his studio, the Yoga Mandiram, next door to her shop.
Her mother, an artist, writer and retired pre-school teacher, still lives on the family property and her fiance Todd Binstein is a local contractor.
Sharing her childhood recollections with me she said she had some awesome memories growing up in Cardiff-by-the-Sea such as a health food store called the Little Red House, which was on the corner of Liverpool and Chesterfield where she would buy a stick of candy, playing in Glen Park, walking out her back door through the Hall property to the Thrifty Drug Store to get an ice cream cone and her first surfing experience at Cardiff Reef, with Hannah, about 10 years ago.
A bit of historical research tells us that in 1964 the Kardiff Kitchen, owned and operated by Bob and Wanda Callahan, opened in the space just north of the laundromat that is now the yoga studio and a pizza restaurant, TV store, barber shop and real estate office shared the strip mall.
Deana and her family have enriched the community and the lives they have touched in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the place we are all proud to call home.
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