Changes was established downtown in the mid-80’s, was run out of a storefront on East State street until 1997, and currently occupies a second-floor loft on Aurora street, on the the east end of the Ithaca Commons.

Run originally by Lenny Randall, the business has been in the hands of Kim Sherwood Caso since 1991, during which time Changes has become a fixture of Ithaca’s business community.

Changes was conceived as a place to celebrate and support local music and art. The environment Kim and her staff have created is laid-back and funky, yet professional. Your ideas about looks and aesthetics are welcomed and appreciated, and time is taken to make sure you get the haircut you came for. With thirty or forty-five minute appointments, and colors lasting one to two hours, this is a place to relax and appreciate the floor-to-ceiling windows, rotating exhibits on the walls, music, and conversation.

Changes attracts to its intimate space a diverse clientele, from high school students to Cornell and Ithaca College faculty, local farmworkers and musicians as well as elected officials and technology and business people. At Changes, you get more than a ready-made, cookie-cutter style. You get the chance to have a personal exchange with your hairdresser.

Kim Sherwood Caso

Owner / Stylist

Kim Sherwood Caso has been cutting and styling hair for over twenty-five years. An Ithaca native, Kim began her training with Changes’ previous owner, Lenny Randall, who used Kim to hold his clients’ hair while he cut. Kenny continued to mentor Kim until 1990 when he transferred ownership of Changes to her. Kim continues her professional development with Aveda Current Trends classes in Geneva and New York City.

Kenny was a big supporter of local artists and Kim continues this tradition by displaying local artwork, and playing local music, at Changes. As a singer herself, who has toured with local favorite Johnny Dowd, and with two boys that are active in Ithaca’s local music scene, Kim has a great appreciation for all things artistic.

With Changes, Kim has created a relaxed environment that is focused on cuts and color, without the distraction of a million other services. Her clientele range from Cornell PhD students and IC theater students, to long-time locals, but her doors are open to all. Kim is always happy to share her knowledge of Ithaca’s “nooks and crannies” with those that are new in town.

When she isn’t in the salon, you’ll find Kim tending her garden, hiking, kayaking, or out at local music shows around town.

Biz Kornblum

Stylist

Biz Kornblum, also a native Ithaca, grew up “hair fixated” as a kid, always trying to make her hair bigger, fuller or longer. As a teen, she began experimenting with her own hair product creations and, when she entered college, she became the local go-to stylist among her friends. After feeling burnt out and disconnected from four years of Comparative Literature at Smith College, Biz realized that she needed to be working with her hands and connecting with people – not stuck in a room with books. In 2016, Kim hired Biz as a stylist, and Biz has found Changes the perfect environment to grow her career.

Biz understands that each individual has an idea of how they want to look. Her goal is to help her client’s vision come to life. She especially values hair health – preferring to use natural ingredients over bleaching and wild colors – and aims to bring out the natural beauty of her clients’ hair.

Biz also has a second life as part-owner of the Biz and Benny Juice Company, which she started when she was twelve, and which still sells fresh juices and smoothies at Ithaca’s Farmer’s Market (she was, in fact, the youngest DBA holder in Tompkins County). When she isn’t cutting hair or juicing fruits and vegetables, you’ll probably find her spending time with her family, reading, playing video games, or obsessing over her dog.

Services (click to schedule)


You can also call 607-272-0090 to schedule an appointment.

Color correction upon consultation.

Credit cards are not accepted. Changes accepts cash and check only.


Cancellation Policy

We respectfully request notification of at least 24 hours when canceling or rescheduling an appointment so that we may offer the openings to other clients and make the necessary changes to our schedule. Cancellations without notice will incur a fee equivalent to 50% of the price of color session and full price of hair cut appointment.

 


Aveda, sold exclusively at Changes, is equally committed to the individual’s natural beauty and that of the planet. This mission of sustainability and cosmetology is right at home in Ithaca and at Changes. “We use Aveda products because we believe in their philosophy,” Kim comments. “They are committed to being ‘Green’ while remaining abreast of the cutting edge trends in fashion.”

From Aveda: “We believe in treating ourselves, each other, and the planet with care and respect. We believe social responsibility is our responsibility. We believe ecological and profit goals are mutually achievable. We believe our authenticity and experience are our points of difference. We believe in inspiring and educating people to integrate wellness and beauty in their lives. We believe in the power of oneness: from our global image to a focused network. We believe learning never ends. We believe in encouraging innovation and empowered decision-making. We believe our actions, products and services should always embody excellence. We believe personal and organizational balance is the key to sustainable success. We believe true leadership is delivered with passion and by example.

Directions

  • Conveniently located in downtown Ithaca, Changes is on Aurora Street, near the east end of the Ithaca Commons. Between the much lauded Just a Taste Restaurant, and the popular Asia Cusine, the entrance to Changes is just a buzzer entrance and a flight of stairs away.

    Changes is one of the few remaining hair salons on The Ithaca Commons. Committed to downtown Ithaca as a cultural and business center, Changes has not resisted decamping among big box stores or long car rides away.

    Changes accepts cash and check only. Credit cards are not accepted.

  • Hours (by appointment only)

    Tues 10:00-5:00,
    Wed 12:00-6:00,
    Thurs 10:00-5:00
    Fri 10:00-5:00

    Address

    120 N Aurora St, Ithaca, NY 14850-4302

    Phone

    607-272-0090

 

Contact Changes Studio

NOTE: If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 607-272-0090, or use the Services section above.

Looking for a career in hair? Give us a call, we’re hiring!