Walk into Tango Salon, and you immediately enter an atmosphere oozing with style, beauty and fashion.
At the helm of this downtown Bettendorf boutique salon at 836 State St. is Leann Themas, whose own sense of personal style permeates everything from the trendy gray paint on the walls to the unique product lines she carries.
It’s all wrapped up in the 1930s-era cozy brick house that long-time Bettendorf residents might remember as the location of Simon-Landauer East, a women’s clothing store. Themas moved her business into the building in 2003 and purchased it from the Landauers in 2009.
“I like that it’s a unique location, having a river view,” Themas said. “Mainly, we offer a unique experience, not being at a mall or a general commercial space.”
Ample parking is available close to the entrance at the back of the building, and it is handicapped-accessible.
Tango Salon offers full-service hair care, including cuts, styling, coloring and texturizing. An esthetician offers skin care services as well as body waxing. In addition to the personal services, the salon carries boutique brands of products exclusive to professional salons, hand-crafted jewelry, scarves, and its most recent addition — a full line of bath and body products from FarmHouse Fresh. The popular line of bath and body care was given the Professional’s Choice award in 2017 by American Spa magazine.
“The reaction to the FarmHouse Fresh line has been fantastic and beyond my expectations,” Themas said. The Texas-based company operates an animal rescue, and all of its products are made with natural ingredients.
“I think people enjoy experiencing and supporting a business that has a mission, and FarmHouse does,” she said.
Closer to home, Themas is proud to carry jewelry hand-crafted by her mother, Dena Miller, of Savanna, Illinois.
“She keeps in mind that people have different styles, and likes to use a lot of semi-precious or natural stones,” she said.
Tango’s clientele includes adults and children, and sometimes entire families. New clients are being accepted by the salon’s staff of six.
Themas and her husband, Joe, have been Bettendorf residents since 1991. She is a vocal supporter of downtown Bettendorf and is a member of a group that supports women business owners. Between the building of the new Interstate 74 bridge and new commercial and residential development in downtown Bettendorf, she is excited at the possibilities.
“It will be a more desirable area to be in,” she said. “Residential is big for all of us. We’re right here, and can service the people who are right here.”
She feels strongly about the relationship her salon establishes with its clients.
“It’s a very personal business because we touch people,” she said. “To have someone feel excited about how they look and how they feel about themselves, it doesn’t get any better than that.”