Richard Joseph SalonSpa

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Richard Joseph SalonSpa was a full-service salon and spa located at Inverness Village, with "studio salon" locations inside the Belk stores at the Summit and Riverchase Galleria.

The business was founded by partners Richard Joseph Smith and Timothy Euell Brown in 1991. It was originally located at 2410 Fairway Drive in Mountain Brook's English Village. The business expanded to the two Belk stores in 2009. The stand-alone spa later moved to U.S. Highway 280 and its former location reopened as Tonya Jones SalonSpa in February 2014.

In addition to the salon and spa, Richard Joseph had a retail area featuring a full line of Aveda hair and skin-care products and a café serving fresh snacks and lunches.

In 2014 Smith and Brown agreed to plead guilty to income tax evasion and to pay at least $1.4 million in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS claimed that both men had failed to report or pay taxes withheld from employee paychecks and had used business funds for personal expenditures. They pleaded guilty in federal court and were sentenced by Judge Abdul Kallon to serve three years in prison. The Inverness salon was taken over by stylist Michael Helms and renamed Colorbar Salon.

Smith died a few months after his release in 2016.


  • Kemp, Kathy (August 3, 2008) "We've made the cut with style mavens." The Birmingham News
  • Jarvis, Crystal (March 23, 2009) "Belk turns local salons over to Richard Joseph SalonSpa." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Faulk, Kent (May 8, 2014) "Richard Joseph SalonSpas owners to plead guilty and pay $1.4 million in restitution to IRS." The Birmingham News

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