Northshore Magazine

January/February 2013

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Pair of Aces Individually, Maria Lekkakos and Marc Harris own successful salons on the North Shore and in Boston, respectively. Together, the newlywed couple is a force to be reckoned with, pouring their passion into industry projects���and a new life together at home. By Karyn Polewczyk An Affair to Remember: Opposite, Lekkakos dances at her wedding reception, held on August 18, 2012, at the Boston Harbor Hotel. This page, from top, the couple���s cake, and Harris and Lekkakos. A Chance Encounter Perhaps it was destiny that brought together Maria Lekkakos, the former Miss Massachusetts-turned-proprietor of the eponymous Wenham salon and spa, M. Lekkakos, and Marc Harris, a South Boston native with a West Coast rockstar vibe. Both were drawn to the salon industry at a young age���she became an esthetician at 19; as a teenager, he felt inspired by his first Newbury Street haircut���and both went on to carve out paths that would lead to their subsequent rises to the top. Despite these similarities, and despite traveling in the same social circles for years, it wasn���t until a mutual friend introduced them at a party that the spark ignited. Maria���s smile������that big, warm, vivacious smile������plus a firm handshake (���very important,��� he adds) left Marc intrigued��� and inspired��� by the woman who would eventually become his wife. Lekkakos, who maintains the poise and polish of her days as a beauty queen, says it was Harris���s firsthand understanding of the salon and spa industry that stood out and helped forge their connection. ���I���d had relationships where my boyfriends didn���t want me to succeed,��� she says. ���Marc gets it. He���s strong, he���s independent, he���s driven, and I love that about him.��� Five years of dating, four salons, two January/February 2013 NSJanFeb13_ Lekkakos.indd 107 107 11/19/12 3:07 PM

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