Owner / Stylist
Ricky is a salon industry veteran with 20 years of hair styling experience. He has been the proud owner of Atelier Salon and Spa for 15 years. Within that time, Atelier has become the “Place to Go” for outstanding hair styling and services in the Basking Ridge area. Ricky is a curly hair specialist and created “Ri Ci,” a unique cutting system and line of products designed specifically for curly hair. At Atelier Salon you will discover “a team of elite artist who achieve perfection through superior knowledge and professionalism in a comfortable, friendly environment.”
Portia is a licensed Cosmetologist, Esthetician, Educator and has been a Manicurist since 2008. She not only specializes in all hand and foot services but facial waxing and eyebrow tinting as well. She is extremely knowledgeable in both nail/skin care and health and spends time with each individual client to create a custom care plan for them. Portia always puts hospitality, comfort and the needs of the client first.
“If you told me in high school I would be hair dresser, I would have laughed. Now I can’t imagine myself doing anything else” Joe’s passion for all aspects of hair design is unsurpassed. For every client that sits in his chair, he pours his full commitment, focus, and energy into giving them the best style and overall experience. Joe does not like to limit himself and is constantly growing by taking classes, learning from his team and finding inspiration in his surroundings. Joe’s raw talent and enthusiasm for his craft will undoubtedly leave you with a fresh look.
Fallon has been working at Atelier for eight years and loves it more and more every day. She feels that every day she truly gets to express her creativity through styling hair. The greatest joy her career brings her is the knowledge that she helps to make the client feel beautiful. Although she has many talents, she loves to blow out curly hair and truly excels at it.
“When your hair is perfect, you feel perfect.”
Time at Atelier: 8 years
As soon as Karen began her first day of cosmetology school, she knew she had made the right decision to become a hairdresser. She always wanted to make a difference in the way people looked and felt about themselves. Karen loves to attend different classes every year to keep up on the current trends and styles. She always says, “Enjoying what you do is key in this ever changing industry”. That was a decision she had made over 20 years ago and she has never doubted it since.
Years of Experience: 20 years
Nikki has been working at Atelier for eleven years now. She has always been inspired by fashion and new trends and she loves to keep up with new techniques, styles and education. She has traveled to Vidal Sassoon in Santa Monica and Miami, but has always kept her own flare. Nikki’s enthusiasm and energetic spirit for hair and makeup keeps her passion alive for her work every day. “It never feels like work when you truly love what you do.” Nikki tailors her knowledge and experience to every client’s needs to make sure they are 100% satisfied. She truly enjoys and loves what she does!
Time at Atelier: 11 years
Andrea has always had a passion for hair, makeup and fashion. As a client at Atelier Salon, and an indecisive college student, it was at the advice of Ricky Pennisi himself that she started attending beauty school. Now, after over 4 years of working in the ever changing and growing beauty industry, Andrea is excited to be able to express her creativity in many different ways. The most rewarding part of her career comes from working with clients and watching them leave with smiles on their faces.
Melanie feels extremely grateful to come to work, meet amazing clients and make them look and feel beautiful, all while doing something that she loves. She had always thought that there was something so glamorous about being a Stylist and that has inspired her over the past five years to stay current with the latest fashion trends and techniques. Outside of the salon, she enjoys shopping, spending time with her family and watching Reality T.V.! (There’s nothing better than a “Real Housewives” blowout!)
“When I was little people used to think I was crazy because I used to cut all the hair off of my dolls. Who would have thought you could turn this into a career?”
Sheryl has known she wanted to do hair since she was seventeen years old. However, she put that on hold to attend college. After earning her degree in Early Education, she knew she still had a passion for hair so she began to pursue a career in the industry. At Ricky’s request, she came to Atelier and began to work for him. Although Sheryl has many talents, she finds doing blowouts and applying extensions for her clients to be the most enjoyable. Her motto has always been “When you do what you love, you love what you do!” and she continues to stand by that.
Gloria has been in the beauty industry for over three years and could never imagine doing anything else! Being a Stylist not only allows her to express her creativity but also gives her the opportunity to bond with her clients as if they were a friend sitting in her chair, letting her play with their hair! Color is Gloria’s specialty but blowouts and styling are her favorite! At the end of the day, having made her clients feel beautiful is what fulfills and drives her. “You know you love doing hair when going to work doesn’t feel like a job.”