Meet Astoria

Frank Arcabascio

Frank Arcabascio, owner of Redken Saloon Salon on 30th Avenue. Frank Arcabascio, owner of Redken Saloon Salon on 30th Avenue. At the Queens Scene we love to know the latest happenings in Astoria. When we found the Instagram for @30thavebusiness we knew this was an Instagram to follow.

The man behind all those awesome pictures on @30thavebusiness is Frank Arcabascio, owner of Redken Saloon Salon (36-17 30th Avenue); he is also the president of the 30th Avenue Business Association. Raised in Jackson Heights, Frank is an alumni of Mater Christi and William Cullen Bryant High School here in Astoria. At a very young age Frank decided to become a hairdresser after working at his cousin’s salon, Joseph’s Hair Place, near Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Astoria. He started out sweeping floors and cleaning up to make tips, and he even shined shoes. “I knew early on the power of a good haircut.” The idea of transforming a person is so powerful—you come in looking bedraggled and you leave looking incredible. In 1993 he opened Redken Saloon Salon on 30th Avenue. “Saloon” is part of the name because of the hair color bottles at the back of the salon, stacked like drinks behind a bar.

QS: What made you want to start an Instagram page dedicated to 30th Avenue?

FA: With Instagram I find it easy to connect with so many different people. It is also a great way to connect with all the businesses on the street and promote what they have to offer. Through social media you can connect with anyone anywhere and it’s free!

QS: If you had to choose something about Astoria that you love what would it be?

FA: There are so many places in Astoria that I love, it would be hard to single out just one. I do admire the success and creativity of places like Queens Comfort, Bare Burger and Katch to name a few. The Michelin ratings and success of Taverna Kyclades and Trattoria L’incontro are great, but they are successful because of customer satisfaction and that’s what makes people want to keep coming back. I find that to be commended.

QS: Astoria has changed a lot in the last few years. What is a major change you have seen on 30th Avenue?

FA: The biggest change I see is more and more people are discovering Astoria. People who live and grew up here already knew what an amazing place Astoria is, but through social media it’s helping to bring new people here. Astoria has it all, from A to Z. We have local small businesses, parks, restaurants and museums. It’s the perfect place for families and singles. Astoria has history and main drags like 30th Avenue, Steinway Street, Ditmars Boulevard and Broadway. What other neighborhood can you say has all this?

QS: Any last comments?

FA: Please tag your business on the @30thavebusiness Instagram we would love to feature you!

Follow @30thavebusiness for the latest on everything 30th Avenue including pictures of new business openings, food, drinks, live music and everything in between.— Melissa Mennona

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