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About the Escapees

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EMIDIO

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Master Barber, Hairstylist, Color Specialist

Emidio's love for the salon industry began in his grandfather's barbershop in Annapolis. He grew up watching his grandfather create a unique blend of precision haircuts and genuine camaraderie with his guests. Inspired by those experiences, Emidio decided to pursue a career as a stylist as early as middle school. A Master Barber Stylist since 1994, he worked locally as a stylist before opening Emidio Vincenzo ESCAPE with his wife, Kristen, in 2003. He dedicated a decade to educating stylists as a National Stage Artist, traveling around the United States to perform at industry trade shows as well as educating stylist teams in their salons. Emidio Vincenzo ESCAPE is a "teaching" salon, and Emidio continues to educate up and coming stylists as a coach and mentor to new talent in the industry. Emidio's passion can be felt both behind his chair and leading the salon team, where he inspires the pursuit of excellence. He is a devoted father, spending time away from the salon engaged in family activities and seeking a creative outlet in the kitchen where he enjoys cooking for family and friends.

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KRISTEN

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Esthetician, Makeup Artist, Nail Specialist, Reiki Master, Certified Angel Card Reader

Reflecting over 20 years in the industry, Kristen's passion and experience are diverse and continually evolving. First a licensed makeup artist, her education with Chanel, Lancome and Christian Dior gave her the opportunity to work with renowned industry leaders. The expertise she gained allowed for a smooth transition into her next role as a corporate cosmetic/salon buyer. A desire to connect on a more intimate level with people and a passion for skin led her to Esthetics. A Von Lee graduate with over 15 years in the field, she has learned a great deal about maximizing a guest's experience and results. Kristen believes "skin and nails are a true barometer for a person's state of being; health, stress, nutrition, and even emotions can all affect the skin," so she has adopted a holistic approach to meeting her guest's skincare needs. That open-minded philosophy coupled with an innate sensitivity was instrumental in her later becoming a Reiki Master and Certified Angel Card Reader. Kristen's unique approach allows her to create a personal and memorable experience for each guest. A dedicated mom to her daughter, Kristen spends her time away from ESCAPE connecting with family and friends.

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EMMA

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Esthetician & Makeup Artist

Emma discovered the power of beauty when she was a young teenager. It helped ground her, grow her confidence, and express her creativity. She has always loved nurturing and caring for people. In high school, she started makeup artist jobs for friends, classmates and family friends. At the end of high school, while she was considering future possibilities, she discovered the esthetics industry and was sold. Emma has been working in the beauty industry since 2019 and became a licensed esthetician in 2020. During her time in retail, she developed an extensive knowledge of skincare ingredients, brand marketing and different beauty trends. She uses her education, training and passion to care for her guests and give them a “wow” experience every time. When she is not working, she spends her time with friends and family. She also enjoys doing yoga and meditation, watching a good Netflix series or going on adventures with her dog, Onyx, around her community. 

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AMBER

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Senior Cosmetologist, Specializing in Hair Extensions, Color & Cutting

Amber has always had a passion for hair, makeup and fashion. She knew as a child that she wanted to be involved in the industry, so when she entered high school, she immediately enrolled in their VoTech program for Cosmetology. Her first job as a shampoo assistant let her see first hand what this industry had to offer, and she began actively pursuing a position in a salon while still attending school. After graduation, and now a licensed Cosmetologist, Amber decided to attend the Chesapeake School of Esthetics to round out her education. In 2015, three years into her career, Amber joined the ESCAPE team as part of the Associate Program and has evolved into a talented stylist. She enjoys being able to customize each guest's color, cut and style in a way that meets their needs while also maintaining the integrity of their hair. 

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DEWALD

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Massage Therapist

Dewald, our resident "Mr. Wonderful," has been in the industry for 11 years, though he'd say it's felt like a lifetime. With a passion for fitness and a pro tennis playing mom, he's always had a keen interest in anatomy and kinesthesiology. Originally certified to teach group exercise, Dewald believes exercise can be a catalyst for positive energy. Studying massage therapy was a natural progression that allowed him to tend to the body in a different way. Using multi-dimensional technigues, Dewald carefully crafts each guest experience, creating custom and personalized massages. He approaches each session with an eager and enthusiastic attitude and loves bodywork challenges. When he is not with guests, that adventurous spirit takes him to other parts of the world, meeting new people and learning about other cultures. He is also an avid snowboarder and tennis player.

 

Maryland Registered Massage Practitioner #R01422

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MARIA

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Nail Specialist

Maria's career as a nail specialist began at Emidio Vincenzo ESCAPE in 2005. In search of a vocation that honored her nurturing spirit, she discovered that nail work allowed her to lavish attention on guests while meeting a real need for healthy, well-groomed hands and feet. Her passion for pedicures is reflected in customized treatments and attentive leg and foot massage. In addition to caring for guests, Maria has successfully apprenticed two nail specialists for the ESCAPE team. She is always interested in learning new techniques that improve each guest's experience. Outside of the salon, while Maria enjoys traveling, she's more of a"homebody" and likes to focus her energy on quality time with family and friends.

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KATE

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Guest Relations Coordinator, Reiki Master, Certified Angel Card Reader

Kate believes the heart of the ESCAPE experience exists in the intimate, customized service our team members give each of our guests, and as Guest Relations Coordinator she approaches each guest interaction with that same commitment to excellent and memorable care. It’s important to her that guests know they are a valued and essential part of our ESCAPE family. As a Reiki Master and Angel Card Reader, Kate approaches each session with her unique blend of humor and grace. Her authentic energy and genuine connection with her guests leave them feeling peaceful, balanced and empowered. Outside of the salon, Kate spends her free time mothering her beautiful boy, enjoying time outdoors or relaxing on the lake.

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