On a bucolic, tree-lined street in the West Village is the antithesis of New York’s high-gloss mega-salons. Opened in 2009 by celebrated onetime Bumble and bumble creative directors Victoria Hunter and Larry Raspanti, Whittemore House Salon has become a destination for those in search of visionary cuts and color in a decidedly unpretentious setting. Occupying the ground floor of one of the city’s most storied, and oldest, buildings—built in the 1800s by affluent manufacturer Samuel Whittemore, the former boarding house had infamous tenants like Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth, and was a stop on the Underground Railroad—the salon embraces the past while looking towards the future. The design, a combination of old mansion decay and modern elements, imparts a homey, lived-in feel to the space, keeping with Hunter and Raspanti’s goal of building something small and personal at a time when everyone else seems to be going big and corporate. The staff, a well-edited group of respected beauty-world heavyweights, were each selected for their strong editorial and education backgrounds, and their commitment to progressive techniques, creativity and building lasting client relationships. Whittemore House Salon offers elevated craft in a laid-back environment.