Paramount has been making residents of Saskatoon look and feel great for over 70 years.
“Paramount Beauty Salon” was brought to life by Herman Barrett back in 1950, located in the York Building on 23rd Street. 2 years later, Ellen Gaunt began working with Mr. Barrett as his receptionist. Ellen went on to become the second owner of Paramount (1968) and the driving force towards bringing esthetic services to Paramount and Saskatoon.
By 1955 she started offering the Paramount guest, facial waxing, brow tinting, manicures, makeup and her biggest passion, facial treatments. In 1966 Paramount moved to the lower level location at 145-2nd Avenue No. It was here that the esthetics side of Paramount really developed. It was in the 1970’s that pedicures, sculptured nails and artificial lashes (yes, they were popular back then too!) were introduced.
Women’s fashions and a ceramic boutique were also offered during that time. 1977 brought us the very first “Hydradermie” facial machine from Guinot. This signature Guinot treatment was ground-breaking in the facial industry at that time with its use of galvanic current to help penetrate nutrients into the skin offering a level of hydration that standard facial treatments were unable to accomplish. The 1980’s saw Paramount offering electrolysis, tanning beds, massage, body wraps, and the first “Non-surgical Face-lift” machine that used electrical current to stimulate facial muscles, creating amazing results and long-term effects. Also, during this time Ellen introduced the “Paramount Charm Classes” to young Saskatoon women, instructing them in proper skin, nail, and hair care.
In 1994, Ellen realized her life-long dream of opening Saskatoon’s first full-service Day Spa. Paramount relocated to a beautiful new facility on 1st Avenue North offering full spa & salon services including full and half day spa packages. Saskatoon women (and even a few men at that time) were quick to embrace this relatively new concept in our community, and were anxious to go “spa-ing”!
As Ellen approached her
she wanted to find someone that she would feel confident to take over the reins of her “Paramount Baby”. She found that someone in Laura Dutka. Laura purchased Paramount from Ellen in August 2000, relocated it to the corner of 2nd Avenue and King Street and then to it’s current location at the south end of 3rd Avenue in January 2018. Wherever located, Paramount has maintained its position as a prominent fixture in the Saskatoon self-care industry.
Over the past 20 years Laura has expanded the Paramount offering to include laser services, giftware, jewelry, women’s fashions, and the very popular Group Room and Spa Suite, where groups of 2 to 20+ can enjoy social time along with their spa services.
After having grown up in the spa industry and receiving her business degree, Laura’s daughter Sarah, joined her in overseeing the day to day operations of Paramount. Utilizing her business knowledge, and her understanding and passion for the industry and its people, she works closely with suppliers and team members to insure that
Paramount continually strives to be on the forefront
of offering exceptional quality skin care services and corresponding products for its customers to use at home. Paramount has always and continues to serve multi-generational clientele with a variety of self-care needs. Therefore, Paramount’s hair, facial and body care line-up of products continues to evolve and expand. Professional products and service recommendations are selected from a prestigious line-up of products and treatments that have been developed by world-class scientists.
Paramount also maintains a strong focus on the training and education of its team members, and in turn, educating our guests so they are able to make informed decisions regarding their skin, nail and hair care services and product purchases.
Over the years, the service menu and the décor may have changed but Paramount has always and will always strive to deliver to its guests, the best we can offer in quality and value of services and products.
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