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Capello’s wants to move into bigger downtown Buffalo salon

Capello II at the Avant wants to triple its size by opening a new site a block away in a former bar on Franklin Street.

The owner of Capello’s Salon & Day Spa’s current downtown location at the Avant Building is seeking city Planning Board approval this month to convert a commercial two-story brick building at 220 Franklin into the salon’s newest location, according to documents filed with the city. The $1.6 million project would turn the first floor of the 7,874-square-foot building – former home to Club 220 – into a full-scale day spa.

“It’s really built to accommodate the growing needs of downtown for events and parties, and still keep it intimate so people don’t feel lost,” said Lisa S. Martineck, who owns Capello II. “We really want to mimic some of the growth that we’re seeing around us … and take our environment to the next level.”

Martineck would not confirm if she is moving out of the Avant, owned by Uniland Development Co.

The second floor of the masonry structure, which had been office space, would be converted into three two-bedroom luxury apartments.

Documents show the building is currently owned by Main Properties LLC of Naples, Fla., but Matthew Moscati of TRM Architects said it is in the process of being acquired by Martineck and her husband, Chris. The project will be reviewed by the Planning Board on June 16.

There are currently three Capello’s salons. The original Capello’s Village Salon & Day Spa, owned by Joseph Freitas, opened in 1970 in the Village of Williamsville. Capello II opened in 1992. Freitas opened the third one, Capello III, in 1996 in East Amherst.

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