Mark Costello styles Cleone Fields’ hair at his new salon. “He’s a great addition to the community,” Fields said. Photo by Marion Vendituoli

‘Hair By Mark Andrew’ opened its doors in the Yakobian Building on Rt 82 near the crossroads in Sonoita on July 1. Although there are still some mirrors to be hung and trim to be painted, owner Mark Costello is working full time attending to the hair needs of his clients in his light and airy new space, which Costello calls “kind of modernish.” French doors open into a small foyer which leads into a cozy and inviting room with a view of a back courtyard. 

In addition to the new salon, the new owners of the Yakobian Building, T.J. Grey and Sharon Morse, are in the process of converting the old shops and offices into a corner apartment, where Costello now lives with his two dogs and two kittens, as well as three bed and breakfast casitas. 

“I like this location a lot,” Costello said. He had worked at Sonoita Strands with Dee Demski for the past year and a half before taking on his own salon. “We’re still friends,” he said. It was Demski that introduced him to the Sonoita area. “I didn’t know what I was getting into,” he said, about moving to Sonoita. “I had no idea I would like it so much.” 

Costello, who is from Syracuse, NY, worked as a hairdresser in Boston for 13 years before moving to Los Angeles, where he worked for the next 13 years before moving to Tucson to be closer to family. He offers haircuts, conditioning treatments, permanents and a complete line of hair products. The salon is open Monday – Saturday by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call 310-968-0341.