Story Time With Style


Story Time With Style Helps Sharpen Reading Skills

Mayor Lovely A. Warren and many community partners hope to increase recreational reading by offering children books in a comfortable setting -- local beauty salons and barbershops. 

Participating salons and barbershops in the city of Rochester maintain bookshelves filled with children’s books that have been provided by our community partners. This summer, three local book drives resulted in the donation of over 5,000 books, which will be shared among the participating shops. The ultimate hope is that boys and girls will continue to associate waiting with reading and chose to do so whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Business Owners Interested in Participating

There is no cost to participate -- only a willingness to encourage children to read. If you are a salon owner or barbershop owner interested in participating in Story Time With Style, or if you have any questions about the initiative, contact Ayriona Winston at 428-6416 or via email at 

Story Time With Style Community Partners

Story Time With Style Locations

  • Andre’s Barbershop and Unisex Salon, 881 Portland Ave.
  • Arlene’s Unique Styles Beauty Salon, 983 Hudson Ave.
  • Barber Loft. LLC, 1460 Lyell Ave.
  • Brothers and Sisters Unisex Salon,1274 Dewey Ave. 
  • Children’s Gallery, 2855 Dewey Ave.
  • Da’Vine Hair Designers, 501 Thurston Rd.
  • Felix's Barbershop, 1163 N. Clinton Ave.
  • Forte Styles Beauty Shop, 517 Thurston Rd.
  • Forty Acres, 515 Thurston Rd.
  • Glover’s Barbershop, 700 South Ave.
  • Guys n' Dolls Boutique, 756 E. Main St.
  • Ines Casa de Hair, 1505 N. Goodman St.
  • Kut and Edge Barbershop- 141 State St.
  • Kut Kingz – 462 W. Main St.
  • Majestic Hair Salon, 2010 E. Ridge Rd.
  • Marcel's Salon (inside of New Born Fellowship Christian Center) 1550 N. Clinton Ave.
  • New Creations Unisex Barbershop, 647 Jefferson Ave.
  • Ronnie’s Kids Kuts, 2229 Clifford Ave.
  • Signature Styles, 663 Thurston Rd.
  • Tatinan's Unisex Salon, 1534 Dewey Ave.
  • 3Kingz Hair Gallery, 342 Thurston Rd. & 301 Genesee St.
  • Top Notch Barbering, 970 South Clinton Ave.
  • Very Unique Salon and Gift Boutique, 534 W. Main St.
  • Visions Barbershop, 511 Thurston Rd.
  • Wade and Me Barbershop, 1365 Culver Rd.
  • Whitmore International Barbershop, 213 Monroe Ave.

Story Time with Style Book Drives

Periodically, Story Time with Style holds book drives in the community, when people are invited to drop off a new or gently used book and help a child discover the joy of reading.

Data provided by the New York State Department of Education shows that only 4 percent of African-American students and 3 percent of Latino students are proficient in reading by the third grade. Data shows that students who struggle by the end of third grade are 13 times less likely to graduate high school by the age of 19. 

If you would like to contribute to this effort to encourage children to read, you can either check back here for the next book drive, or place an online order and have it sent to City Hall. The link below offers some suggested books.


When you place an order, please select City Hall, 30 Church St., Rochester, NY 14614 for the shipping address. Your book will be received by the Mayor's office and delivered to a participating salon.