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Community - June 29, 2011

New businesses open shop in Menlo Park

by Caitlin Moyles

Two new businesses have opened in Menlo Park — Le Burge't Salon, which offers coloring, haircuts and makeup, and Nuleaf Compounding Pharmacy, offering customized prescribed medications.

Le Burge't is in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center and Nuleaf is at 441 El Camino Real.

Le Burge't

The San Francisco-based Le Burge't Salon share a suite in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center with Inspiration Day Spa. Open since June 1, the five-chair salon offers haircuts, coloring and makeup on an appointment and walk-in basis, said Kristine Burge't, who opened the original salon with her sister Marie in 2007.

The salon operates on a commission basis and has two stylists so far, Ms. Burge't said, adding that she hopes to hire three more to fill all the chairs.

The sisters decided to move into the Sharon Heights building when the salon that used to occupy the space left several months ago. Le Burge't Salon occupies a little under half of the 3,500-square-foot building.

"Starting a business is so hard, and we saw an opportunity to cater to the spa's clientele," Ms. Burge't said. "We also researched the community, and when we saw that Menlo Park is in Silicon Valley and that Facebook is nearby, we thought we could jazz up this community of clientele."

Ms. Burge't, who said it took only three months to set up shop from the time they heard of the Sharon Heights opening, described getting the necessary business permit as an "easy breezy" compared to the process in San Francisco.

"We couldn't be happier to be doing business here in Menlo Park," she said.

The salon will celebrate its grand opening with a hair show, catered hors d'oeurves, live music, and door prizes on Saturday, July 9. The event will begin at 6 p.m.

Le Buge't Salon occupies Suite D-4, right next to Safeway and Wells Fargo, in the Sharon Heights Shopping Center, 325 Sharon Park Drive in Menlo Park. Call 847-1057 for more information.

Nuleaf Pharmacy

Nuleaf Compounding Pharmacy, a new business that works with doctors to customize their patients' prescribed medications, occupies a small building located at 441 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, said owner Lynn Pham. It has been open since June 1.

"We work with doctors to customize commercially available medications to fit the specific needs of the patient," she said. Services include isolating and removing an inactive ingredient that is bothering the patient, changing the dosage form, and altering flavors for children.

"Menlo Park is a small, tight-knit community. The elderly population will especially benefit from independently customized medications," she said.

Setting up shop has taken longer than expected because Ms. Pham had to get a conditional use permit due to the building's "parking issues," she said. Getting licensed by the California Board of Pharmacy also took time, she added.

The 1,700-square-foot space was previously occupied by an optical lab, she said.

Nuleaf will celebrate its grand opening on June 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There, attendees can meet the staff, learn more about compounding, and win a GPS and iPad in a raffle.

Visit nuleafrx.com or call 485-2142 for more information.

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