DARIEN — Emina Pelinkovic was bringing her 5-year-old daughter to Holly Pond School when she found the spot for her future salon, Color Lounge. Back then, the Stamford resident was splitting her time working at two salons, one in New York and one in Stamford.

When she found an open storefront on Noroton Avenue, right off Interstate 95, it sparked the idea to open a salon of her own.

“I decided, ‘Why split myself between two salons?’ ” she said. “I found this location and jumped on it.”

Pelinkovic opened the Color Lounge at 97 Noroton Ave. in February as the owner and sole stylist (she’s currently training a second stylist).

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Despite the name, Pelinkovic offers a range of hair-related services, including cuts, blow drys and keratin treatments. However, Pelinkovic has a particular interest in hair color, having been specially trained in it and spending years teaching color techniques around the country.

“I love it,” she said while mixing dye at the back counter of her salon, under a wall of colorful dye boxes. “It’s always challenging, always changing.”

Pelinkovic’s vision for Color Lounge is for it to be known as a small salon with one-on-one client and stylist services and a more personalized atmosphere. Darien ended up being the perfect place to open such a salon, the Stamford resident explained.

“I love the whole small-town feel,” she said. “I wanted to open up something more boutique-y and I wanted an area where they’d appreciate that.”

“The people are very warm and welcoming,” she added.

So far, Pelinkovic has been met with good reviews on social media, such as Yelp and Facebook. She’s used social networking to promote her services as well, setting up a Facebook and Instagram for Color Lounge.

Going from a full-time stylist to stylist and business owner was a natural transition for Pelinkovic. After going to beauty school at age 16, she went on to receive an associate’s degree in business.

She also comes from a family of stylists, including her sister, who has owned a New York City salon for over three decades. Her sister was able to give her advice on opening her own salon.

Pelinkovic’s dream is to open more local salons like Color Lounge, keeping them small and focused on hair-related services, as opposed to running a larger salon and spa.

“I just love making people beautiful,” she said. “It’s a feel-good thing. Having people leave feeling good about themselves makes me feel good.”

EKayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata