About The Founder
When Theresa Carr, the Founder of the award-winning Metropolis Spa and Salon in Princeton, New Jersey, was asked what drove her to create her business, she simply responded by saying, “I wanted to make the art of hair.” In the spirit of her profound answer, the fire and focus that has driven Metropolis’ stunning and lasting success can easily be recognized.
The portrait of this amazing artist began as a young child in the hard-working blue-collar neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This is where Theresa found her love for fashion, but she also developed the hardnosed resolve to stand out from the crowd. It was there, where she learned to convince a community that was resistant to change to take a chance and stand alongside her. In these formative years, the hair and fashion styles of Shirley Temple and Grace Kelly, alongside the emerging punk and fashion styles from Europe 1970s began a vision of style she calls, “positive individuality;” finding that elegant, seamless connection between the classic lines of the past, the edge and risk of the present to create a look and style that endures into the future.
This childhood passion led Theresa to a lifelong desire for education. She studied and worked at S&L International, out of the gate, Thunder Hair Salon in Philadelphia and La Jolie in Princeton. She, then began the most powerful and impactful journey of her educational career when she went to Europe and studied with the protégés of the great Vidal Sassoon; Annie Humphreys (color art director), Tim Hartley (global artistic director of cutting), and Roger Thomas (global Director of art). This time studying and working with these great artists began a love for education that has remained throughout her stellar career. “Even though I am no longer behind the chair, I am still studying,” said Theresa while describing Metropolis’ employment policy that all stylists must continue to train and do professional development as a requirement of their employment.
“All women are beautiful. Make a woman look and feel beautiful, without destroying the integrity of the hair.” This is the Sassoon philosophy. It was on the bedrock of this mission that Theresa turned the vision of “making the art of hair” into a reality. But at Metropolis she has extended the notion of “making the client, feel beautiful” into every aspect of the experience. While never forgetting her Northeast roots, she gives the client the “Fashion Ave experience at a price the professional person can afford.”
For over 25 years, Metropolis Spa and Salon has brightly shone as a jewel in the Princeton community, ever growing, ever expanding, constantly finding new ways to care for, pamper and above all else, mine the beauty and elegance in every one of its clients. And, with the commitment to continued professional development from founder to staff, the client can expect a future of innovation and consistency that is as beautiful as they will look and feel.