Buddhism beliefs

By Day – At Groton Salon & Spa, owner brings Buddhist beliefs to detailed decor


Groton – There’s a lot to see at the Home Salon and Spa, from bright pink or purple painted walls, doors and windows repurposed for decoration, and wall-to-wall vinyl images of a lagoon, a god Hindu and a Buddhist temple.

And it would be a challenge to find all the dozens of Buddha images.

The entire aesthetic suits an owner who sports blue hair, tattooed arms, and Mahjong tile earrings.

“The feeling I want to have here is when you have a cousin, let’s say, and you know that when you go to dinner at that cousin’s house, you’re going to have good wine, good food and you’ll really feel at home. comfortable,” Kyla Adams said. .

Home Salon and Spa opened on Route 184 ten years ago, then spent eight years next to Gabrieles Martial Arts on Poquonnock Road. Adams bought the building at 391 Long Hill Road last summer and reopened Home Salon and Spa there on Christmas Eve.

The space previously housed Evelyn Siefert Kennedy’s Sewtique textile shop.

Groton resident Tammy Stephen has been following Adams since before the hairstylist started her own business. Stephen thought the Poquonnock Road location was nice, but said of the new space: “I think there’s more of her in it, because she knew it was hers forever.”

Adams, 44, has been a hairstylist for 17 years and a fitness instructor for 25; she teaches eight classes a week at Up Fitness in Mystic.

She said of opening Home Salon and Spa 10 years ago, “I decided that if I wanted to work with really nice people in a really nice environment, I had to create it myself.”

She started with three massage therapists, three beauticians and a yoga studio. Adams grew to 31 employees but ditched the yoga studio on the grounds that having a spa with “high-quality service at a low cost” was a bigger draw.

Home Salon and Spa offers manicures and pedicures, hair services, facials, peels, massages, waxing and makeup. The two-story space includes six spa treatment rooms and two hair salons.

Adams’ goal in designing the rooms was to have a Moroccan bohemian feel with color saturation, and the decor reflects his Buddhist beliefs.

Raised by a Jewish mother and an Irish Catholic father, Adams became a Buddhist 21 years ago, a path she found while doing yoga. She draws much of her inspiration from travel, especially in a country where more than 90% of the inhabitants are Buddhist: Thailand.

Adams bought a beaded tapestry from a street market in Thailand, while she had custom-made fixtures in Egypt.

In the hair washing room is a collection of religious tchotchkes that Adams brought back from travels or received as gifts – Mayan gods, an icon of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, the Hindu goddess Kali Ma.

Elsewhere in the 2,700 square foot spa are window panels from ancient opium houses in China. There are curtains made from old saris. There are beams from an old barn in Massachusetts. There are pews made from the doors of an old church in New London.

Outside is a garden with hydrangeas, salvias, butterflies, lavender and Japanese willows.

The sensory experience extends to smells – the essential oil of lavender, orange or ylang-ylang is diffused in each room – and to sounds. Adams keeps the music eclectic, a mix of New Age, singer-songwriter, traditional Italian music and more.

She said of the general atmosphere, “I want, when you come in from the outside, to be like: Holy Moly, where am I?”