Mother-daughter Duo Help ‘Beautiful Stars Shine’

The mother-daughter team of Kathy Kucik and Allyson Kucik-Martin, who own Bella Gente Salon at 212 THF Boulevard in Chesterfield Commons Plaza, obviously focus on hair within their salon. But they also often concentrate on tresses during charitable events and for community causes.

One nonprofit very special to artistic directors Kathy and Allyson is Friends Of Kids With Cancer.

“We’re truly blessed and honored to be able to help these beautiful stars shine,” Kathy says about Friends of Kids’ annual Fashion Show & Boutique fundraiser,

The fundraiser is a day at the Ritz Carlton that focuses on the youths’ fun, smiles, laughter and strength. It’s about not letting cancer define one’s life. The kids hit the runway, complete with hair and makeup done by area cosmetologists, including Kathy.

The concept of spotlighting others even works well with the name of Allyson and Kathy’s salon, which, translated from Italian, means “nice, beautiful people.” In fact, Allyson says their motto is, “Bella Gente brings forward the beautiful person in you.”

Additionally, Bella Gente Salon team members donate winter coats for Warners’ Warm-Up coat drive each year. They also collect canned goods for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, which is one of the region’s largest social service providers for individuals, families and children.

“With all of the craziness in the world today, this salon offers a respite and encourages positivity,” Kathy says.

"With all of the craziness in the world today, this salon offers a respite and encourages positivity." —Kathy Kucik, co-owner, Bella Gente Salon