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Clean and Bright

Stacey Soble | April 5, 2013 | 4:17 PM
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“Having an effective and spacious front desk makes the whole salon function as a whole,” says Garcia-Grove. “Not only is it the first thing guests see as they walk in, but it is the power center for your business. Our team can access the appointment book from their iPhone using STX salon software. The wave wall reminds us of water and creates a wow factor for guests, and the Barcelona chairs invite guests to relax.”
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“This special chandelier is located in our processing area for our clients to enjoy.”
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“This is our color room with an island sink. At each end is an all stainless steel sink with touch faucets,” says Garcia-Grove. “You can enter the color room from two different areas of the salon. The doors are restaurant –style push doors—this way if the stylists hands are full, it is easy to come and go.”
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“This is our shampoo lounge—it is enclosed with glass walls which offers privacy but allow the natural light to flow through the space.”
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“This is one side of our salon with all the styling stations,” says Garcia-Grove. “We have beautiful art work along the walls and each picture represents a different product line from Shu Uemura. These pictures give just the right amount of color and great energy for our stylists.”
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It may have been the aesthetic beauty of Las Vegas’ Square Colour Salon and Spa that caught the eyes of judges for the 2012 North American Hairstyling Awards judges who the salon the 2012 NAHA for Salon Design. But as a working stylist, Owner Barb Garcia-Grove mostly focused on productivity, efficiency and the comfort of guests and staff when she designed the space.

 “My favorite area is the color room—it has 68 private lockers for color, and is designed with two entrances with restaurant-style sliding doors you can open even if your hands are full,” she explains. “The stainless steel surfaces help with cleanup, and I love that the touch-faucets in the sinks in the islands are designed to be community-based, because I’m very passionate about keeping us together as a team.”

On the salon floor, Garcia-Grove created an ideal working environment with Minardi Perfect Lighting and Freestyle Drying Systems, while colorful artwork and whimsical lighting enchant and entertain staff, as well as guests. “I have a friend who is a lighting vendor so we were fortunate to score some phenomenal deals on lighting fixtures,”she says.

“It’s a very bright and cheerful space, and it has an energy and vibe that is very powerful,” says Garcia-Grove, who admits that when it came to opening the salon, the timing was right for her and her husband, Rick Grove. “Vegas took such a big hit with the economy and a lot of people thought we were crazy to open a new business. But, finally a great lease came up that we were able to afford—we took a leap of faith and it’s paid off.”

FIND OUT WHO WILL WIN THIS YEAR'S NAHA SALON DESIGN AWARD.  Attend the NAHA ceremony, Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. For information and tickets visit or plan on watching the live broadcast proudly sponsored by Wella at

Square Colour Salon and Spa
Las Vegas, Nevada
Owners: Rick Grove and Barb Garcia-Grove
Established: 1996
New Space Opened: October 2010
Square Footage: 5800
Setup: 30 styling chairs, 10-chair processing area, 6 manicure stations, 3 treatment rooms, 7 shampoo bowls
Overall style: minimalist, clean, modern Barcelona
Furniture: Collins and custom built-in
Equipment: Minardi Perfect Lighting, Freestyle Systems

Meet the 2013 Salons of the Year!

Check out the 2013 NAHA finalists for Salon Design!

Dan Csicsai

Raychel Harrison

Tyler James

John & Jenni Kanski

Matthew Morris

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