ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Less than a year after a fire destroyed Studio Raw on Babcock Boulevard, the salon's owners have reopened their business on the same property.
Co-owners Dan and Lorraine Burda kept their business up and running at a temporary location just down the street from where the fire happened last year while they rebuilt.
"A fire is something you can rebuild from and it was our clientele that really helped push us through as our cheerleaders to get to this day," Dan Burda said.
Dan said a baby grand piano, one of the only things to survive the blaze, now sits in the middle of their business as reminder of how far they've come.
"It's taught me humility, patience and a huge understanding of the needs of our employees and clientele," said chief financial officer Rohn Neugebauer.
The new $1 million salon has a full-time staff of 21, all of whom helped with salvaging materials from the rubble and getting the new building ready for business.
The new plan also incorporates bringing in additional smaller businesses, including the Kimmy Cupcake Company and local artists.
At a grand reopening party in May, Studio Raw 2.0 will also raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.