Randolph proudly boasts twin houses built of Greek Revival architecture located nearly behind one another. The one located on Jamestown Street, was built for the sister of the wife of a Dr. Babcock, whose home was built in 1844 on Main Street. The doctor's home has been used for various businesses over the past 20 years, such as a bridal shop with a small cafe and a consignment shop. Jennifer Senn, who has owned the house since 2006 plans to keep her business, Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa, there for a long time.
The house is especially beautiful during the Christmas season with its lighted garland with silver sprays on the mantelpiece in the waiting area, which was most likely the parlor when the Babcocks owned the home. A Christmas tree decorated with purple and silver accents is located near the appointment desk. A beautiful ice wreath hangs on the main wall in the color room.
The full service hair salon offers manicures, pedicures, waxing, tanning, facials and massage. Another unique offering is their wedding party onsite service.
From left, Kelly Pollock, Bethany Bush, Julie Milliman, Lisa Caswell and Jennifer Senn make up some of the staff at Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa in Randolph.
Photo by Beverly Kehe-Rowland
''We go to the wedding participants. Many have a brunch while we are doing their hair.''
Tonight, Mrs. Senn and her husband, David, are hosting Senn-sations Employee Christmas party at their Randolph home. This will be the sixth year the couple has hosted the dinner party, which started with four guests and has grown to eight couples. The evening will kick off with shrimp cocktail and rye Swiss cheese appetizers. On the menu is Mr. Senn's own prime rib, twice-baked potatoes, salad, rolls and the employees' favorite dessert, death by chocolate cake. Wine and Mr. Senn's Tom and Jerry's will be served as well.
''I enjoy cooking and I love to entertain,'' says the hostess. ''The rye Swiss appetizer is the easiest thing in the whole world to make, but no matter where I take it people ask for the recipe.''
The staff has made it a tradition to drink hot buttered rum after the last customer has left and before leaving the shop on Christmas Eve.
The Senns have three children - Hayden, Wesley and Madelyn. The parents are holding onto the traditions they have made with their children over the years. This year was no different as they had to coordinate everyone's schedules to a day when they could once again cut their own Christmas tree. Although there isn't as much enthusiasm showed by the children when helping to decorate the house, the Christmas tree is a different story. The entire family adorns the tree. There is a separate tree reserved for the Hallmark Frosty and Friends ornaments that Senn's parents started for him in the early 1980s and continue today. There is no longer a Christmas Eve fire in the fireplace since the chocolate melted in the stockings several years ago.
Mrs. Senn says the boys ''always insist on having corn casserole, green bean casserole and their grandmother's rice pudding'' for holiday meals. She and her sisters try to get together with their children to bake Christmas cookies each year.
Senn-sations Salon and Day Spa is located at 150 Main St. Appointments can be made by calling 358-2265 or online at sennsations.com. Gift cards can be purchased over the phone as well.