On a bucolic, tree-lined street in the West Village is you’ll find 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 the 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 oldest and most storied 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. A combination of old mansion decay and modern elements, the design 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, was selected for their strong editorial and education backgrounds, as well as their commitment to progressive techniques, creativity, and building lasting client relationships. Whittemore House Salon offers elevated craft in a laid-back environment.